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March 1, 2012

Beaded frame purse

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Beaded frame purse

Beaded leather purse with metal frame. Exterior surfaces are spot-stitched and decorated with multicolored glass seed beads. Obverse and reverse feature bird motif with exaggerated red heart above a symmetrical floral spray motif. Interior lined with brown cotton fabric.  May have been made by Dakota Indians; collected by Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple in the late nineteenth century.

For details, view the purse in our online collections database.

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