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Mide Bag, ca. 1850

  • Fox, Native American

Otter skin, porcupine quills, tin cones, and leather

  • Overall: 3 3/4 × 7 × 1 7/8 inches (9.5 × 17.8 × 4.8 cm)

Founders Society Purchase


Milford G. Chandler [1889-1981]

purchased by Richard A. Pohrt [1911-2005] (Flint, Michigan, USA)

1981-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Harrison, J. "'He Heard Something Laugh': Otter Imagery in the Midewiwin." Bulletin of the DIA 62, no. 1 (1986): 46-53, figs. 3-4.

Fox, Native American, Mide Bag, ca. 1850, otter skin, porcupine quills, tin cones, and leather. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, 81.302.