Object photography

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Object description

  • Makah artist
  • Bag, mid-late 19th century
  • Cedar bark
  • Washington, Northwest Coast, United States
  • H: 18 1/4 in, W: 16 in (H: 46.4 cm, W: 40.6 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E3564.A


This is a woven cedar bark bag. The upper portion of the bag is constructed with thinner strips of bark, and has a closer, finer weave. The bottom portion is woven from larger strips of bark. There is an openwork pattern below the braided rim, and a loop draw string passes from one side through the other and back.