Bag

Bag

1900s
Culture
Nez Perce
bag
corn husk and wool
Gift of Dr. Charles J. Norton
1986.261

Unknown Nez Perce Artist
Bag
1900s
Corn husk, yarn, rawhide, wool
17.75” x 13.5”
Denver Art Museum: Gift of Dr. Charles J. Norton, 1986.261

Dimensions
height: 17.75 in, 45.0850 cm; width: 13.5 in, 34.2900 cm
Department
Native Arts
Collection
Indigenous Arts of North America
This type of large, flat bags was originally made as storage bags for food and woven of dogbane or Indian hemp—a natural insect deterrent. The broad surface provided a canvas for basketry artists eager to decorate such an open space, and the light tan color of cornhusks made an attractive contrast. Now artists use commercial wool yarn to create even bigger and bolder designs. A notable feature of these bags is the completely different design on each side.
Known Provenance
Dr. Charles J. Norton, Denver, CO, before 1986; Denver Art Museum, 1986.