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Randall House - Wolfville Historical Society

Box


Accession number: 49.09.1
Category: container
Date: 1800 – 1850
Materials: Quills; Wood, Birch (bark); Metal
Measurements: 4.25 cm H x 7 cm Diameter
Culture: Mi'kmaq
Narrative: The eight-pointed star is an archaic symbol for the sun. The colours are from organic dyes - bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), Gold thread (Coptis trifolia), Indigo.
Description: Round quillwork box with lid. The lid has an eight-pointed star on top in white, blue and brown quills on a brown background. The rim of the lid has medium-brown and white decoration. It is lined with birch bark. The sides of the box are decorated with a chevron motif on a brown background, picked up with spruce root stitching. The bottom of the box is wooden. The box is lined with birch bark.

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