Tobacco bag with pipe-stem case

Northern Cheyenne, Native American

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The narrow sleeve on this tobacco bag held a pipe’s wood stem. A woman embellished it with stylized feathers and a wavy line of beadwork, perhaps to suggest the pipe’s role in transmitting sacred smoke and prayer. A single Thunderbird, a powerful spirt, is represented near the opening; hourglass motifs—common in Plains painting, quillwork, and bead-embroidered designs—are featured on the body; and a finely twisted, two-ply fringe hangs from the bottom.

Tobacco bag with pipe-stem case, Tanned leather, glass beads, wool cloth, metal cones, and horsehair, Northern Cheyenne, Native American

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