Bag

1900s

Object

Culture

Object Info

Object: bag
Currently on view
Object ID: 1938.769

Medium/Technique

cornhusk, wool, and leather

Credit

Native Arts acquisition fund

More Info

Dimensions

length: 9.875 in, 25.0825 cm; width: 7.5 in, 19.0500 cm

Department

Native Arts

Collection

Native Arts-American Indian

Known Provenance

Grace Nicholson [1877-1948] (Treasure House of Oriental ~Western Art Art Galleries), from Pasadena, CA, before 1938; Denver Art Museum, 1938.

Extended Info

Large, flat bags of this type were originally made as storage bags for food and woven of dogbane or Indian hemp—a natural insect deterrent.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.