Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Margaret S. Bedell, 1930
Not on view
The narrative imagery is continuous around this bag and depicts a hunter with his dogs on one side, and the deer, his prey, on the other. The bag is thought to have been made in the Catskill Mountains and the imagery, with its beautiful coloration, reflects the geography of that area. The use of floral boteh is an interesting touch, probably copied from available pattern books
Accession record notes: "Three miles from Catskill. Family had always had it"Margaret S. Bedell (1861-1932) donated, by gift or bequest, over 500 objects to the Brooklyn Museum, including furniture, quilts, samplers, costume and Native American beadwork. Her collection of American and European beaded bags includes examples from Philadelphia and the Catskill Mountain region of New York State, as well as Italy, Austria, Germany, and Holland.