Shoulder bag - ROM2004_948_4


Shoulder bag

Maker: Western Woods Cree or Métis
Medium:Cloth, skin, porcupine/bird quills, glass beads
Geography: Subarctic, Canada
Date: 1840s
72 × 72.6 × 17 cm
Object number: 989.61.1
Credit Line: Purchased by the Royal Ontario Museum with the assistance of a Moveable Cultural Property grant accorded by the Minister of Canadian Heritage under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, and through the generous support of the Carolyn Sifton Foundation Inc. Acheté avec l'aide d'une subvention des Biens culturels mobiliers accordée par la Ministre du Patrimoine canadien en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels, et avec le support généreux de la Fondation Carolyn Sifton Inc.
Not on view

Canadian artist Paul Kane collected this shoulder bag in the west while on an extended journey to sketch Canada's Native Peoples and the western environment. Bags of this nature were used to carry a variety of materials that could include tobacco, flint and steel for making fire, and shot following the introduction of the gun. When Kane returned to his Toronto studio he used the bag as a studio prop and he depicts it in his oil painting titled "The Death of BigSnake." Each end of the shoulder strap is shifted to the front of the bag. Prior to being purchased by Walter Banko they were shifted to the backside. Banko removed the strap and reshifted it on to the frontside.

Cataloguer: Kenneth R. Lister
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