Shoulder bag

Anishinaabe, probably Ojibwa, Native American

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Porcupine quills are applied in three distinct ways on this late eighteenth-century shoulder pouch. For the horizontal panels, the artist loom wove colorfully dyed quills. Across the bottom and top, she sewed naturally white quills directly onto the black-dyed leather to create a zigzag motif. Finally, she wrapped dyed quills around alternating pairs of leather thongs for the strap, giving it a distinctive netlike structure. This type of netted quillwork disappeared by the early nineteenth century.

Shoulder bag, Tanned leather, porcupine quills, dye, metal cones, deer hair, vegetal fiber, and wool yarn, Anishinaabe, probably Ojibwa, Native American

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