|Blackfeet/Blackfoot, Cayuse, Crow, Great Basin and Plateau, Northern Plains, Washington|
This interesting bag comes from the famed Adolph Spohr collection. It has traditional Cayuse beadwork on one side - a fully beaded panel with typical diamond geometrics. The other side has figures of horses and what may be cranes, and a human figure who has a tiny, leather, incised face. There is some native repair to the carrying strap, with different grades of red stroud visible. Based on the figures depicted, and the purpose of the bag, this may be a courtship or marriage gift. The Cayuse were the wealthiest tribe when it came to horses in pre-reservation (Buffalo) days. The crane represented love and was used frequently when carving courtship flutes. Mirrors were prized possessions carried by high ranking women and men. This comes from the family of Adolph Spohr, a major collector whose pieces reside in the Buffalo Bill Museum, among others.This is one of the best and most interesting mirror bags we've seen.
|Location of Origin: North America|
|Medium/Materials: Braintanned Leather/Glass Beads|
|Dimensions: 26'' Long x 6.5'' Wide|
|Primary Classification: Textile Arts : Native American Clothing|
|Secondary Classification: Arts of the American West : Other|
|Tertiary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : Native American Clothing and Antiques|
|Provenance: Ex-Adolph Spohr Collection|
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