Early Comanche Buffalo Saddle Bag

Item #: 442

Origin: Comanche
Date: Likely before 1870
Media: Buffalo hide, beads, stroud
Dimensions: Length 39″ without fringe, 74″ with. 11″widest.

This early saddle bag has a powerful simplicity.  The stroud is early dyed cochineal cloth, beads are white and a deep blue.  The stroud and beads are found on both ends and only on one side.  The stroud continues along the long seam seen on the right side of the bag as hanging.  There is a soft pigment added to the overall surface to give the hide a rusty-red appearance.  There is evidence of some small areas of restoration to the stroud when viewed with a blacklight.

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