Object photography

Image © Dan Gair, 2008.
Image © Dan Gair, 2008.
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Object description

  • Yup'ik artist
  • Pouch, 19th century
  • Leather, hair, wool, glass
  • Nunivak Island, Alaska, United States
  • H: 9 1/4 in, W: 5 in, D: 3/4 in (H: 23.5 cm, W: 12.7 cm, D: 1.9 cm)
  • Gift of Israel Albert Lee, 1910
  • E13109


This is a seal skin fur pouch.The top section closes with a leather pucker string. Horizontal bands of brown and white leather and blue thread create a decorative pattern. Two tassels of red and white wool hang from two pieces of cotton string at the upper left edge. Below the upper horizontal band, the same leather applique and embroidery continue in a vertical 'u' shaped pattern, encircling a U-shaped patch of fur. The predominant colors are blue, white, and brown. A single line of pink, yellow, and white glass beads in clusters of three, along with red worsted tufts, sit along the top edge of the central fur patch. The embroidery is possibly of caribou hair. The pattern is the same on both sides.