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Object description

  • Tsitsistas (Cheyenne) artist
  • Pipe bag, 19th century
  • Leather, glass
  • Great Plains, United States
  • H: 21 in, W: 5 in, D: 1 3/4 in (H: 53.3 cm, W: 12.7 cm, D: 4.4 cm)
  • Gift of Colonel George L. Smith, 1951
  • E26018


This is a small, tanned, buckskin bag used for holding a pipe. Is is decorated with glass beadwork in geometric patters. The glass beadwork is the same on both sides of the pouch, depicting two triangle, or tepee, designs in blue, yellow, and red facing a dividing red line and a mirror image of the two triangle designs. The colorful patterns are on a white bead background. The leather is dyed yellow and has a long fringe flowing from the bottom.