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Bag (with sling) made of sheep's wool fibre, beads, cotton cloth. The bag is formed of finger woven sheep's wool fibre, decorated with a crossed diagonal white beadwork design. Excess fibre strands are initially braided and then left to form a fringe along the bottom. Individual strands are occasionally decorated with white beads.A coarse cotton fabric, dyed red, edges the mouth of the bag while brown cotton fabric provides an inner liner.The sash/shoulder strap, attached quite crudely to the top corners of the bag, is also finger woven, predominantly brown dyed with black dyed edging. White beadwork (much of it missing) lines the extreme edge of the sash and the border of the blacked dyed section. A curvilinear beadwork design deorates the main body of the sash.
- Production date
- 1932 (before)
Height: 86 centimetres (Overall inc. sash)
Height: 43 centimetres (bag inc. fringe)
Width: 36 centimetres
Depth: 1.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
From acquisition "Sioux"; see JCH King `Thunderbird and Lightning' BMP Ltd 1982.
A label attached to the bag, written in 1932, states: "Plains Indians, Sioux Ohio Valley.
Acquired by H Beasley from the Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich, founded 1778. Further work needs to be carried out at Woolwich but this robe pouch and the burden strap may be part of the following accession from an as yet unresearched donor: '181-91. A strong of wampum, of 37 beads about the size of pigeon's eggs; Indian buffalo-robe, pair of snow shoes, mocassins (two pairs), pouch, bullet-pouch, tobacco-pouch, five belts, and other articles of North American Indian attire. Presented by Colonel Burn, R.A.' p 185 of 'Official catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda Woolwich'. London 1906. The possibly incorrect designation 'buffalo' robe would be quite normal for the period, and the burden strap and finger woven pouch may be represented by less well designated items. The RA labels on the objects need to be reconciled with the published and unpublished catalogues.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1982-1987 Jun-Jan, Museum of Mankind, Thunderbird and Lightning: Indian Life in North America, 1600-1900
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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