1884.53.31

Saddle-bag of dark-coloured hide embroidered with scroll hatched 3-leaf and double-curved designs in red white and blue Moose-hair. [E.S-R 'DCF 2004-2006 What's Upstairs?' 7/1/2005]

Place details: N AMERICA. USA. Unknown. Cultural Group: NE Woodlands Iroquois Wendat Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Animal Skin / Moose Hair / Animal Sinew / Yarn / ?. Processes: Embroidered / Stitched / Appliqué / Dyed / ?. Dimensions: Max L [without tassels] = 930 mm Max W = 265 mm When Collected: ?Prior to 1880 Acquired: Donated 1884 PR No.: 16/ 10513

KEYWORD: Saddle Bag / CLASS: Animal Gear / Bag / ?.

Object description: Saddle-bag of dark-coloured hide embroidered with scroll hatched 3-leaf and double-curved designs in red white and blue Moose-hair. Hide fringing along the edges of the saddle bag. [E.S-R 'DCF 2004-2006 What's Upstairs?' 7/1/2005]

Publications history, trails & websites: Illustrated in black and white as Plate XII, B in Hair Embroidery in Siberia and North America by Geoffrey Turner (Oxford: Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, Occasional Paper on Technology, 7). The illustration is captioned (page 78) as follows: 'Double saddle-bag of heavy (?moose) skin dyed greenish-brown. Moose hair embroidery in red, white, and blue. Max. width 27 cm. excluding fringe. Attributed to Iroquois. PRM: P.R. IV.116.31.' [MJD 19/08/2011]

Illustrated in colour and listed as catalogue number 260 on page 171 of On the Trails of the Iroquois, edited by Sylvia R. Kasprycki (transl. Christian E. Feest) (Bonn: Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 2013). Catalogue entry (pages 124-5): '260 Saddle bag | Iroquois or Huron, late 18th/early 19th century | Leather, moosehair, sinew, yarn | H (with carrying strap) 93, W 26.5 cm | Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, cat. no. 1884.53.31 (Pitt Rivers coll.) | Stylized floral patterns in linear moosehair appliqué on leather are in the nineteenth century primarily associated with the Huron (Wendat). There are, however, indications that both style and technique are also practiced by the Iroquois. C[hristian].F[eest].' [FB 08/04/2013; JC 4 2 2016]