Exhibitions/ Art Object

Bag

Artist:
Unrecorded Wasco Artist (Native American)
Date:
ca. 1860
Geography:
Country of Origin Washington, United States
Culture:
Wasco
Medium:
Hide, cotton, glass, metal
Dimensions:
H. 17 × W. 7 × D. 1 1/2 in. (43.2 × 17.8 × 3.8 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Costumes
Credit Line:
The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection of Native American Art, Promised Gift of Charles and Valerie Diker
Rights and Reproduction:
Image © Charles and Valerie Diker Collection/Photo: Dirk Bakker
Not on view
The design on this bag juxtaposes figural representations of people and horses, suggesting a scene of work or ritual activity. The weaver reimagined a widespread style of decorated pouches used for tools or ritual paraphernalia with details such as the bricked geometric diamonds and zigzags. The bag’s embellishment reflects artistic experimentation and innovation in the face of dramatic changes that occurred by the 1850s, including the imposition of the reservation system in the Lower Columbia River.
Alice M. Owens, Mercer Island, WA; Larry Tyler, Portland, OR; George Terasaki, New York; The Wellington Collection; Purchased 5/5/1999 Donald Ellis GalleryRR#3, Dundas ON L9H 5E3