• Culture/People:

    probably Southern Ute (attributed)

  • Object name:

    Tobacco bag, pipe case, and pipe cleaner/tamper

  • Date created:


  • Place:

    Colorado; USA (inferred)

  • Media/Materials:

    Hide, glass bead/beads, glass pony beads, wood, metal cones, bird quills, deer hoof/hooves, horsehair, hide thong/babiche, cotton cloth, dye/dyes, sinew, pigment/pigments

  • Techniques:

    Sewn, lazy/lane stitch beadwork, quill-wrapped (flat), dyed, fringed, painted, carved

  • Collection History/Provenance:

    Collected by Frank S. Balster (1861-ca. 1935), a jeweler and photographer who worked in Durango and La Plata, Colorado, from about 1893 to 1917; acquired by MAI in 1917.

  • Dimensions:

    66 x 17 cm

  • Catalog number:


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