Creek artist, Bandolier Bag, about 1840. Cloth and glass beads; 31 ½ x 9 ¼ x 8 5/8 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Frederic H. Douglas, 1954.201
length: 31.5 in, 80.0100 cm; width: 9.25 in, 23.4950 cm; height: 8.625 in, 21.9075 cm
Indigenous Arts of North America
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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.
Collected by Frederic H. Douglas’s grandfather [b. 1803] probably around 1820. Frederic H. Douglas, Denver, CO, before 1954; Denver Art Museum, 1954.
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