Native American beaded pouch, late 1800s
This unique beaded bag is from the private collection of Desire Smith, the author of the authoritative Handbag Chic. She writes, "the bag is a highly desirable work of folk art."
The bag is totally beaded with tiny glass seed beads. The exotic bird design is the same on both front and back. The ivory cotton twill lining is hand stitched to the beaded exterior.
Unlike some "folk art" in the marketplace, the pouch is the real thing, made by Native Americans more than a century ago. They did not have academic training in the fine arts nor a desire to emulate fine art. The pouch comes from Native American culture, which still had an independent existence 120 years ago.
The condition is excellent.
It measures 7" tall in the center by 6 1/2" wide.