Collection: Warnock

Item Number: WC9206020

Category: Bag - Beaded Valise

Region: Plains

Tribe: Sioux - Northern Teton

Period: 1900-1925 - ca. 1907

Materials: Multi-colored glass seed beads; commercially tanned leather traveling case; brass and iron fittings.

Description: Traveling case is fully bead decorated with pictographic designs. On one side an equestrian warrior wearing a trailer bonnet and holding a rifle faces another mounted warrior who is holding a tomahawk. The words Nellie Gates 54 yrs. to J. A. Archambault 1907 appear in beadwork. Two mounted warriors holding crooked lances appear on opposite side.

Dimensions: Length 18 inches


Made by Nellie Gates, Standing Rock Sioux
Given to J. A. Archambault in 1907 as a wedding present
Descended to Pat Archambault (grandson of Nellie Gates), Oregon
Epic Fine Arts Co./Masco Corp.


Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, 1937 -1939
Splendid Heritage, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, May 27, 1995 - September 27, 1995
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, October 23, 1998 - October 3, 1999


Lessard, Dennis F., Pictographic Art in Beadwork from the Cheyenne River Sioux, Volume 16, Number 1, Winter 1990, American Indian Art Magazine, American Indian Art, Scottsdale, Fig. 11
Sotheby's Auction Catalogue, Sotheby's, New York, Sale 6297, Lot 147, June 12, 1992
Penny, David W., Native American Art Masterpieces, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Detroit, 1996, pp 46-47
Berlo, Janet C and Ruth B. Phillips, Native North American Art, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1998, , pp 31, Fig 20.

Notes (click on note to open):

Ron McCoy, Ph.D.

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