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Wallace and Area Museum


Accession number: 1990.114.04
Category: Art
Date: 19th century
Materials: wood, birch; quills, porcupine; root, spruce; dyes
Measurements: 6.9 cm HAcross 8.9 cm Circumference = 36.9 cm Shape - oval
Marks/Label: Names written in pencil on bottom of box.
Culture: Mi'kmaq
Description: Oval-bottomed birch bark container with straight sides overlaid with traditional Mi'kmaq natural and dyed porcupine quilled chevron designs. Bottom and cylindrical sides bottom-lashed with split spruce root. Top edge of container reinforced with inner wood hoop lashed with split spruce root. Lid of a circular birch bark disk covered with natural and dyed porcupine quilled designs lashed with cord to a circular birch bark edge wrapped with split spruce root interwoven with natural porcupine quills in traditional Mi'kmaw designs.