NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN, POSSIBLY Ute or Shoshoni, small personal beaded bag or paint pouch. Both sides of this beautiful bag are matching, soft, thin, native hide, thread sewn, and beaded in what is known as "skip stitch" (two beads or more then skip an area and then repeat two beads or more and so on, can also be done with a single bead). The bag's opening can be pulled closed with a matching, hand cut leather thong which is inserted through slots in the leather and then the ends are tied together to secure contents or to tie bag to another object. The bag's "u" shape is outlined with matching native leather hand cut one inch fringe. The top of the bag has four tabs (two each side) one and a half inches in length that when bag is closed, they cluster and protect contents of bag. The small beads consist of the following colors: opaque greasy yellow, white and medium blue. The bag changes designs on each side, but only uses the three colors. There is beautiful stacked edge beading done in the yellow and white beads around the top tabs and along the seam between the top and bottom of the bag.
CONDITION: Bag is soft and in almost perfect condition. A one inch section of fringe is shorter, but all beads are present and tight. Edge beading is perfect. The bag shows light soiling on the inside, but I wouldn't call it dirty. Bag has just been a part of someone's life and has had light use. No sign of paint inside bag, but certainly constructed in a manner similar to paint pouches.
SIZE: Overall Length: 6 1/2" with fringe Width: 4" with fringe plus 4 1/2" each side for leather thong.
CIRCA: Late 1800's to early 1900's
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Note: The beading style of "skip stitch" is normally associated with the Ute or Shoshoni tribe, however, any Native tribe could use this style of beading.
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