Beaded purse, ca. 1880

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This beaded purse was probably made by someone of the Mi'kmaq tribe in the late nineteenth century.

Beaded purses made on wool with silk ribbon and glass beads were made by many Native American artisans to sell to non-Native tourists as a souvenir of their visit to places like Bar Harbor and Niagara Falls.

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About This Item

  • Title: Beaded purse, ca. 1880
  • Creator: Mi'kmaq
  • Creation Date: circa 1880
  • Subject Date: circa 1880
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  • Media: Wool, silk, glass beads
  • Dimensions: 15.5 cm x 17 cm
  • Local Code: 91-21
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3519

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