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    Posted 7 years ago

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    A friend showed me this carrying bag yesterday, and I just had to take a few pics of it. As she went to find it, she mentioned she found it in her grandmothers attic in a house, in Victoria B.C. not too long ago.
    As I examined it, I noticed it was made on thick leather. Quite textured on the inside. The P is cast iron or steel, and has the same embellishment on both sides. It appears very well made, and used. The back copper plate is a mysterious design. The four of us all saw something different as to what it portrayed. I think it's just a freeform type of work, but by very skilled hands. At the same time, something suggests it may have had some type of utilitarian use to me. I looks like a skinning knife would fit in the little pocket? The black widow also suggests something of a dark nature to me. A medicine bag?
    At any rate, it was tossed up in an attic at one point in it's life, that much I'm sure of.
    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    1. junkcollector junkcollector, 7 years ago
      I'm not sure that that's a black widow. It reminds me of native symbols for Grandmother spider woman: mother of all...goddess in some tribes. And, my eye probably sees something different than everyone else on that back carving. I see a topographic map with water and mountains, similar in shape to Queen Charlotte Strait. I may be completely wrong, but I'd consider those as alternative perspectives to anything else you might have guessed... Regardless, the craftsmanship is stellar. Love it.
    2. Collectomaniac Collectomaniac, 7 years ago
      Great leads. I think you have the answer. After I did some quick research, I easily came across the "Mississippian Spider Woman" who was admired by Easter/Mid Eastern American native tribes as the one who created people from 4 colours of earthly clay. Red, yellow, black and white. I see these colours in the bag too if we include the stiching. The copper disk does look like a topographical landscape I agree. It looks strangely overly accurate in a way and appears almost functional as a map to me.
      Thanks junkcollector. Now I can let the ladies know what they have.
    3. Rick55 Rick55, 7 years ago
      Such an interesting piece with so much going on! Great!!

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