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Beaded Bag

Arts of the Americas

As northeastern tribes were forced onto reservations and their traditional lifestyles were threatened, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women looked for new sources of income for their families. They took advantage of their skill in quillwork and beadwork, and began to make items such as purses, needle cases, pincushions, and watch fobs to sell to non-Native tourists who flocked to state fairs and other local tourist destinations. Haudenosaunee women sold their arts, which featured motifs of northeastern flora and fauna, directly to eager customers.
CULTURE Iroquois
MEDIUM Cloth, beads, silk, velvet
DATES ca. 1880
DIMENSIONS Including fringe but excluding strap: 8 1/2 × 1/2 × 7 1/4 in. (21.6 × 1.3 × 18.4 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2016.11.11
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Edward J. Guarino Collection in honor of Kathleen Guarino-Burns
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Iroquois. Beaded Bag, ca. 1880. Cloth, beads, silk, velvet, Including fringe but excluding strap: 8 1/2 × 1/2 × 7 1/4 in. (21.6 × 1.3 × 18.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Edward J. Guarino Collection in honor of Kathleen Guarino-Burns, 2016.11.11. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.2016.11.11_view01.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.2016.11.11_view01.jpg., 2016
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Iroquois. <em>Beaded Bag</em>, ca. 1880. Cloth, beads, silk, velvet, Including fringe but excluding strap: 8 1/2 × 1/2 × 7 1/4 in. (21.6 × 1.3 × 18.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Edward J. Guarino Collection in honor of Kathleen Guarino-Burns, 2016.11.11. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.2016.11.11_view01.jpg)