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Object TitleOctopus Bag
Object Number:NA8476
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Provenience: United States of America
Alaska
Sitka
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Wool
Glass
Silk
Cotton
Length: 45.1 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1918
Other Number:BG4 - Other Number

Description

Octopus bag with beaded floral designs. The bag itself is made from dark blue, wool, trade cloth with eight flaps hanging below, four on each side. The central, beaded design is of a flower in white, orange, red, pink, yellow, green, and teal beads. The outer edge of the bag is lined with yellow cloth and then white beads. Each of the four hanging flaps, or "arms," is divided into two at the lower end. The arms are decorated with floral, beaded designs. Each arm terminates in a pair of multicolored tassels with blue, white, and red beads strung along the upper portion of each tassel. A carrying strap is attached along the upper edge. The strap is made from black cloth with red, cloth edges. The strap is ornamented with beaded floral designs in similar colors as the bag, with light and dark blue beads added, and with white beads lining the edge.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Raven's Journey: The World of Alaska's Native People ( Nov 1986 - Feb 2010) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Barsness, Kristin J., and Kaplan, Susan A. 1986. Raven's Journey.. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 170, fig. 176; p. 111, pl. 17View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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