corn husk and wool
Gift of Dr. Charles J. Norton
Unknown Nez Perce Artist
Corn husk, yarn, rawhide, wool
17.75” x 13.5”
Denver Art Museum: Gift of Dr. Charles J. Norton, 1986.261
Dimensionsheight: 17.75 in, 45.0850 cm; width: 13.5 in, 34.2900 cm
CollectionIndigenous 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This type of large, flat bags was originally made as storage bags for food and woven of dogbane or Indian hemp—a natural insect deterrent.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 ProvenanceDr. Charles J. Norton, Denver, CO, before 1986; Denver Art Museum, 1986.