1906.20.152

Monkey skin bag with a panel decorated with geometric patterns, with a carrying strap of multiple strands of plaited leather. [El.B 'DCF 2004-2006 What's Upstairs?' 18/1/2006]

Place details: AFRICA. Liberia / Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Monkey Skin Animal / Animal Leather Skin / ?. Processes: Plaited / Stitched / Incised / Decorated / Perforated / Knotted / ?. Dimensions: Max L [bag] = 330 mm Max L = 550 mm Max W = 185 mm Field Collector: Unknown When Collected: By 1862 Other Owners: Stephen William Silver Sarah Constance Silver (Mrs Stephen William Silver) via Oxford University Museum of Natural History PRM Source: Sarah Constance Silver (Mrs Stephen William Silver) via Oxford University Museum of Natural History Acquired: Donated March 1906

KEYWORD: Bag / Animal Part / CLASS: Bag / Animalia / ?.

Object description: Monkey skin bag with a panel decorated with geometric patterns, with a carrying strap of multiple strands of plaited leather. The bag has a drawstring top made using a hide thong, knotted together at the ends. The geometric patterns are incised onto the leather. Beneath this panel is a very short fringe of leather. The carrying strap is made from seven strands of plaited leather bound together at the top of the bag with a band of woven leather. A band of leather, decoratively stitched with leather thongs is attached around the carrying strap. The bag is padded out with wood shavings. [SM (Verve) 10/03/2014]