Bandolier Bag

Bandolier Bag

about 1840
Culture
Cherokee
Object
bag, bandolier
Medium
leather, wool, glass beads, and silk
Accession Number
1971.406
Credit Line
Native Arts acquisition funds
Cherokee artist. Bandolier Bag. about 1840. leather, wool, glass beads, and silk. Native Arts acquisition funds. 1971.406.
Dimensions
height: 8 in, 20.3200 cm; handle length: 54 in, 137.1600 cm; handle width: 4 in, 10.1600 cm; length: 31.5 in, 80.0100 cm; width: 12 in, 30.4800 cm
Department
Native Arts
Collection
Indigenous Arts of North America
This object is currently on view
Elaborately beaded bags created by Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole artists reflect the high point of the beadworkers’ art. While the shape of these men’s shoulder bags was most likely inspired by those worn by British soldiers in the 1700s, their designs were strictly native. Complex floral and geometric motifs intertwine from the point of the flap to the curve of the neck strap. Less commonly, humans and animals were depicted. The meanings of these patterns are largely lost, but they surely conveyed important personal and cultural information for both the weaver and the observer.
Known Provenance
Norman Feder, Denver, CO, 1960s; Guy D. Wood, Talahassee, FL, before 1971; Denver Art Museum, 1971.