Object photography

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Object description

  • Muscogee (Creek) or Seminole artist
  • Shoulder bag, 1820s
  • Wool, cotton, glass
  • Southeastern United States
  • L: 26 in, W: 7 7/8 in (L: 66.0 cm, W: 20.0 cm)
  • Donor unknown, before 1900
  • E7437
  • Early and rare example made prior to the Trail of Tears
  • Artistic product of changing styles and materials over time

Initially influenced by European ammunition pouches, finger-woven bags of the Southeast began to be made with commercially available trade-wool in the early 19th century. The artist has infused this pouch with her own stylistic choices and worldview. The beaded tendril-like motifs climbing the strap and the triangular flap of this example may represent puffs of smoke symbolic of the Creator.