Bag, probably designed by Dr John Rae

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Bag, probably designed by Dr John Rae

This deerskin bag is part of the collection of Eskimo and North American specimens accumulated by the Arctic Explorer, Dr John Rae. The bag was probably designed by Dr Rae and made by a Cree Indian craftswoman.

The dressed deerskin is embroidered in chain-stitch with naturalistic floral sprays, including, above the four pendant flaps, a thistle motif. The borders and fringe are beaded.

Rae (1813-93), an Orcadian, attributed his success as an explorer to his appreciation of the ways of the native peoples. He had a great affinity with the North American Indian and Inuit peoples that he met on his journeys.

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Online ID: 000-100-080-675-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.LOAN 304.128
Date: 19th century
Material: Inscription: Sides: naturalistic floral sprays
Dimensions: 776 mm H x 226 mm W
What: Bag
Subject: Clothing and textiles
Description: Bag of dressed deerskin with round top, straight embroidered sides and bead fringe and borders: North American Indians
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