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Bag Fastener for a Woman's Sewing Kit

Culture Inupiat
Culture Yupik
Title Bag Fastener for a Woman's Sewing Kit (Qerrvik)
Date 1825–1850
Medium Ivory
Dimensions Mount: 1/4 × 1 1/4 × 1 1/4 in. (0.6 × 3.2 × 3.2 cm)
Object: 5 3/4 × 3/4 × 3/8 in. (14.6 × 1.9 × 1 cm)
Overall (includes mount): 6 5/8 × 1 1/4 × 1 1/4 in. (16.8 × 3.2 × 3.2 cm)
Credit Line Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 77.34.6

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Bag fasteners were used to secure small bags, known as “housewife” bags or sometimes just as a “housewife,” which held necessary items, knives, scrapers, thimbles, etc. As can be seen here, the fasteners used could be quite elaborate and varied based upon the carver's creativity and skill.

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