Small women’s bag of commercial type, end '800 (Sioux of the East, Santee - Yankton)

Borsina femminile di tipo commerciale, fine '800 (Sioux dell’Est, Santee – Yankton)

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Technique and Dimensions:

Tanned cervid leather, woven, glass (covered-stitch embroidery), animal fibre

Location:

C.A. 476

Provenance:

Donation of Missioni Cattoliche Americane, 1893 - Missione Benedettina

Small women’s bag of commercial type (probably made for missionaries) with embroidery depicting a stylized spider (protective animal and symbol of cleverness)
Late 800 (between 1890 until the end of 1930 this type of handbags were very popular with whites and were used to store pocket watches); Sioux of the East, Santee - Yankton)