Man's Shoulder Pouch

Unknownc. 1800 - 1810

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minneapolis, United States

This bag is all that remains of the extensive collection of Indian objects gathered by Major Lawrence Taliaferro, Indian agent at Fort Snelling from 1819 to 1839. Taliaferro tried to keep peace between the Anishinabe and the Dakota who lived in the area and made certain both groups were treated fairly by the whites. This object may have been a gift to him from the Anishinabe. It was made at a time of artistic transition, when established styles of quillwork on leather were being combined with the new beading techniques. The geometric patterns in the beadwork are characteristic of art found in the western Great Lakes region. The bag was most likely used to carry things necessary for smoking, such as flint, a pipe and tobacco.

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  • Title: Man's Shoulder Pouch
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: c. 1800 - 1810
  • origin: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: w7.31 x h13.625 in
  • Measurements: 13 5/8 x 7 5/16 in. (34.6 x 18.6 cm)
  • Type: Costume Accessory
  • Rights: Gift of funds from Duncan and Nivin MacMillan, http://www.artsmia.org/index.php?section_id=7
  • External Link: Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
  • Medium: Animal hide, glass beads, quills, wool, cotton