Buckskin medicine bag, North America, 1880-1920
Native American Indians often designed bags to hold specific objects. Medicine bags were often intricately decorated with traditional beading designs. This was especially the case if they held important or sacred contents. We can only speculate about what this bag held. It is made of buckskin (deer hide). It was created by the Plains Indians of North America. The bag is decorated with braided hide and tassels and forms a soft pouch.
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