Native American, Central US, Great Plains, ca. mid 20th century CE. A large and colorful glass beaded deer hide satchel bag adorned with stepped cross-like forms in claret red, forest green, and sunflower yellow against a white ground, with yellow and green triangle and diamond motifs on the top and side panels, the flap trimmed with 25 metal bead and fiber tassels and 6 bird bones - fastened with six buffalo nickel buttons and hide cords. A rectangular wood panel with metal suspension hooks for displaying this piece fits through loops on back side. A striking example that displays remarkable workmanship and artistry. Size: 10" L x 14" W (25.4 cm x 35.6 cm).
Glass beads are a natural extension of Native American artwork; prior to the European arrival and the advent of glass in the Americas, tribes traded valuable bead material like shell or region-specific stone hundreds of miles to create artwork. Glass beads were some of the first trade goods that passed from Europeans to indigenous peoples in the Americas; by the 1840s, the standardization of manufacturing techniques in Venice and Bohemia, where these tiny glass "seed" beads were made, brought trading in bulk to the Americas.
Provenance: private Marietta, Georgia, USA collection
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