BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE ALL ORIGINAL SIOUX OR CHEYENNE BEADED MAN'S PIPE BAG. This bag is made of native tanned hide with a beautiful hand rubbed yellow ochre color. The bag is completely sinew sewn and 99% of original beadwork is intact. (There is a place on the sides where it looks like a row of beads could be missing, but no signs of beads being there originally.) The original quill wrapping on the lower rawhide slats is starting to come unwrapped and is now revealing the beautiful old painted parfleche that was used to make the slats. Nice hand notched leather at the top of slats and along the bottom of the slats is all original and like the lower fringe, matches the color and leather of the upper bag. Each panel attached to the bag retains the original row of edge beading. The beautiful beaded panel (both front and back) is very visual and striking. While most bags that have a Sioux influence have a white background, the maker on this bag chose a beautiful blue, then accented it with dark clear red, dark clear bottle green, greasy yellow, dark Cheyenne blue and steel cut beads. There are several native repairs to the hide, not unusual during this period as shirts, leggings and other earlier made pieces were cut and reused. There is a native repair on the top neck of the bag that has developed a hole, please see close up picture.
The family name and date beaded on one side of the bag was possibly done to honor this individual or family. This was a trend that became popular to Native Americans during this time period. They had been taught to read and write English, so when making or commissioning an item to be given to show honor and respect to the receiving individual, they would often put the name on the item. (We have had several items with names on them, including a pipe bag made for Oklahoma's native son, Will Rogers.) My limited research has shown this name belongs to a Santee Sioux family. The name appears on numerous documents and tribal rolls for the Santee tribe, and even today is shown as a last name for younger Santee Sioux natives. A wonderful and rarely left item is the original quilled prayer bundle tied at the top of the bag.
This beautiful bag was exhibited and stored at the prestigious Philbrook Art Museum in Tulsa Okla. The bag and other items were on loan from an Okla. family, eventually family members requested the return of the items, and they were put up for sale. We have some interesting information on the family (Tredway) and we will include all known information to the purchaser. Inside the top of the bag there is written in red "TR", and there are two museum tags still intact on the bag. The white one reads: "Cheyenne 19th century Tredway 10", and the red museum tag reads: "Shelf 2 Room 2", there are workers initials on both tags.
It is becoming extremely hard to find and purchase an all original Native American item with known history. This bag is a beautiful example and would be a beautiful addition to anyone's collection. All available and known documentation will be provided to the purchaser along with a letter stating all the above.
Overall Length: 36", Overall Width: 6 1/2"
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