Shamans Bag + Purse + Cross Body or Shoulder Bag + Amulets and Talismans + Distressed Deerhide + Desert Primitive + Offering Pouch + Medicine Bag

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Shamans Bag + Purse + Cross Body or Shoulder Bag + Amulets and Talismans + Distressed Deerhide + Desert Primitive + Offering Pouch + Medicine Bag

530.00

Like my medicine bag necklaces in purse size, with a small pouch for sacred offerings...this amulet-laden treasure is full of wild beauty

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:: Shaman's Bag ::

:: This bag contains fossil walrus ivory and is for sale within the United States only ::

This fabulous and fully-functional bag is ready to go with you anywhere.  The lightly-distressed deer hide is soft but extremely strong and durable.  It can be worn as a shoulder bag or a cross-body bag, and is perfect for carrying both everyday necessities and ceremonial items.  The small pouch is simply tied onto the shoulder strap and can be removed and retied anywhere you desire.  

It is essentially one of my smaller medicine bags writ large, made in exactly the same fashion without measuring or pattern, just hand-cut and laced from a large, thick buckskin, taking advantage of the raw edge of the hide for flap and fringe.  For practical purposes I made it with the suede side out and the smooth side in; easier to carry your items that way.  The shape of the bag is a soft rectangle, closed with a simple flap, fringed and with a four-strand braided strap securely stitched on.  The leather was gently distressed and has the appearance of an artifact...only without the dirt.  

The fabulous shaman's costumes and artifacts from around the world were the inspiration for this bag, with their sacred objects that are full of mysterious and fascinating artifacts and talismans.  I pulled out every amulet and talisman that I thought would work on this bag and most of them went on it...the only reason I stopped was because of weight constraints.  Of course I encourage you to add your own talismans to it; there is plenty of fringe left to use!  These talismans include fossil ivory and bone artifacts...meteorite tektite...fossil crinoid, ammonite, stegodon bone, dinosaur eggshell, and Petosky stone...shells, including abalone...raw Baltic amber...a real cast iron shaman's bead from Nepal...antique trade beads...coyote bone...antler...excavated bronze rings from Europe, one of which is an old annular brooch ring that may be Viking...a neolithic stone point from the Sahara...New Guinea shell currency...vintage coins...bone...Czech glass beads, and more.  Of course all these things make a wonderful sound when they move!

The idea of a "rider" pouch accompanying the larger bag is from a beloved purse I bought at the Santa Fe Flea Market, years ago when I first moved to New Mexico.  There is something magical about having an extra little pouch along, and you can use it for everything from spare change to sacred offerings such as cornmeal or tobacco.  Or use it as a home for a favorite fetish carving.  Right now it's holding kernels of blue corn grown by neighboring Santa Ana Pueblo, and I gave it an old cast brass bell from Africa as an adornment.

Besides being tough, this bag is also washable...see CARE below.   

SIZE:  With fringe, the bag is 16" long and 9 1/2" wide, with the actual container being 7 1/2" wide by 6" tall.  The strap is a total of 40" long.  

CARE:  Wash in cool water with a little mild soap if desired.  If you do wash it, I advise removing the antler talismans (untie and retie when the bag is dry) as they may split if soaked.  Use a spot cleaner for leather for stubborn marks and heavily soiled areas.  Squeeze out excess water with a towel, reshape, and hang to dry or dry flat, out in the warm sun if possible.  The dried leather will be a little stiff; soften it by gently manipulating it in your hands.

PRESENTATION:  I will wrap this bag for you in tissue and ribbon.  See my shop policies below for details.

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