Mide Bag, ca. 1850

  • Fox, Native American

Otter skin, porcupine quills, feathers and paint

  • Framed: Overall: 34 1/8 × 7 × 2 inches (86.7 × 17.8 × 5.1 cm)

Founders Society Purchase

81.303

Department

Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas

  • Mythology
  • Fox
  • Paint
  • Fringe
  • Skin
  • Feather
  • Quill (spine)
  • Quillwork
  • Textiles
  • Bag (container)
  • Bag (costume accessory)
  • Religious object
  • Sacred object
  • Iowa
  • Thunderbirds
  • Mide bag

Provenance

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)

Published References

Harrison, J., "'He Heard Something Laugh': Otter Imagery in the Midewiwin." Bulletin of the DIA 62, no. 1 (1986): 46-53, fig. 2.

Rights Status

Fox, Native American, Mide Bag, ca. 1850, otter skin, porcupine quills, feathers and paint. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, 81.303.