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Anishinaabe Artist (attributed)
Bandolier bag
Late 19th century

Creative variations of this striking geometric floral `X’ pattern, seen in the central loom-beaded panel and repeated along the strap, are found in bags throughout the Great Lakes during the late nineteenth century. Given its large size and spectacular decoration, this bag was likely an elegant and expensive showpiece proudly worn for ceremonial or diplomatic purposes, or created as a presentation gift. The designs evoke the abstracted patterns created with porcupine quill or twilled fibers before the widespread use of beads in the late eighteenth century.

 
Anishinaabe Artist (attributed)
Eastern Woodlands, Great Lakes KV:11783
Bandolier bag
Late 19th century
Cotton fibre, wool fibre, glass
Cotton fibre, wool fibre, glass
unknown source
M77-068

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