Bag for strike-a-light

Image by Musée départmental de Solutré
Women tied these bags inside their aprons. This bag contained flint and tinder and a strike-a-light that hung on a small strap. The surface of the bag is decorated with a geometric design, a rosette embroidered with colored seed beads. The straps from which the strike-a-light hangs are decorated with strings of colored beads and delicate metal plates. Fires were started by striking flint on a strike-a-light to produce sparks that fell on tinder, such as dry moss or rabbit fur.

Far East, Primorsky District, Anadyr area, 19041907.

Reindeer suede, metal, seed beads, beads, flint.

Diameter 8.5 x 9 cm.

Coll. No. 2245-168.

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