Beaded Storage Tin

Accession Number

Beaded Storage Tin

Lakota; Assiniboin

Artist Nationality
Lakota (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1910

Medium & Support
glass beads and thread on metal container

3 7/8 in (9.8 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Honorable Jack Faxon

Subject matter
Beaded objects fell within the domain of Plains women's art forms. A few Plains tribes developed techniques to produce their own glass beads, but by and large beads came through trade with non-Native settlements and posts. Originally a supplement to naturally available materials, trade beads largely replaced quillwork in Plains material culture by the 1850s, due to their ready application and ease of use. By the turn of the twentieth century, Plains material culture items were also specifically made for sale to tourists, and as such took on readily marketable forms that combined Native beading techniques with non-Native forms, such as beaded purses, suitcases, and storage tins.

Physical Description
Cyllindrical metal container decorated with glass seed beeds: white ground with blue stripes and diamonds, red X's, and concentric circles. 

Primary Object Classification
Mixed Media

Primary Object Type

Collection Area

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beadwork (visual works)
boxes (containers)
modern and contemporary art
vessels (containers)

4 Related Resources

Indigenous North America Arts
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
Cabinet T: Shelf 3
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)
Work by Indigenous Artists in UMMA's Collection
(Part of: Representation and Misrepresentation of Indigeneity in UMMA's Collection)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet T ➜ Shelf 3