Bandolier bag

Native American (Chippewa [Ojibway])
about 1875


Overall: 104.1 x 27.3 cm (41 x 10 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool plain weave, wool braid, glass beads

Not On View





Red wool bandolier bag with loom-woven beadwork on face and strap in geometric and floral polychrome patterns. Edged in braided wool tape in beige and blue-green (faded) indigo. Applied white seed beads in wave pattern in borders around face and along sides. On face, there is an applied loomed beadwork panel with a large blossom motif at the center of dotted bars that form a large “X” surrounded by floral motifs. Fringe along bottom made of wool tape and beaded strips with larger yellow and blue glass beads and tufts of red wool yarn. Red wool at top center of strap is ornamented with glass beads and tufts of yarn in same colors.


1989, acquired from an art gallery in Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico to Bob Bauver, New Salem, MA; 2010, sold by Bauver to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 16, 2010)

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund