Mide Bag, ca. 1850

  • Potawatomi, Native American

Otter skin, porcupine quills, beads, metal, and pigment

  • Framed: Overall: 2 1/8 × 50 × 9 1/2 inches (5.4 × 127 × 24.1 cm)

Founders Society Purchase

81.299

Department

Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas

  • Triangles (polygons)
  • Ellipses
  • Geometric patterns
  • Potawatomi
  • Beading (process)
  • Embroidering
  • Metal
  • Pigment
  • Fringe
  • Skin
  • Quill (spine)
  • Quillwork
  • Thimbles
  • Textile
  • Bag (container)
  • Bag (costume accessory)
  • Religious object
  • Wisconsin
  • 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

The Art of the Great Lakes Indians. Exh. cat., Flint Institute of Arts. Flint, MI, 1973, no. 27. Harrison, J., "'He Heard Something Laugh': Otter Imagery in the Midewiwin", DIA BULLETIN, vol 62, no 1, 1986, pp 46-53, fig 6.

Rights Status

Potawatomi, Native American, Mide Bag, ca. 1850, otter skin, porcupine quills, beads, metal, and pigment. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, 81.299.