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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Am.6819.a-b

  • Description

    Miniature bentwood box made of baleen, with wooden base, tied with string and inlaid with haliotis shell. Compressed formline design carved into the surface may represent a salmon. Lid made of wood inlaid formerly at six points with agate (?), though now only three stones remain in place.

  • Ethnic name

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 9 centimetres
    • Width: 8.5 centimetres
    • Height: 4 centimetres (of lid)
  • Curator's comments

    The collection as a whole was obtained by Comrie while working along the Northwest Coast, during the 1860s, as Medical Officer on HMS Sparrowhawk.

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1998 1 Mar-24 May, BM Room 35, BP Ethnography Showcase: The Return of the Museum of Mankind

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1870

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Am.6819.a-b

  • Additional IDs

    • 71 (Pre-accession Corie collection number.)
    • Am1870C0803.24
    • Am1870C1.6819a (old CDMS no.)
Miniature bentwood box made of wood, string, shell (haliotis). Compressed formline design carved into the surface may represent a salmon.

Miniature bentwood box made of wood, string, shell (haliotis). Compressed formline design carved into the surface may represent a salmon.

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