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A Micmac birchbark container (mocock) with etched linear design, wide and rectangular at the base with a smaller, circular opening at the top. The sides are joined by inverted Y seams stitched with plant fibre cord (spruce root?), that is also wrapped around the rim of the opening. There was likely once a plant fibre strap, although now there are only fragments of such a strap at opposite sides of the top opening. There is extensive discolouring inside the box, indicating historic use (maple syrup?). The base of the box has a number of small cracks and one significant break running from front to back.
- Production date
- 1990s (before)
Diameter: 16.40 - 16.60 centimetres (of aperture)
Height: 28.70 centimetres
Length: 18.20 centimetres
Width: 27.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The term "mocock" is a Micmac word for a birchbark container, used very often used in the production or storage of maple syrup or maple sugar, as well as for storage of other small items. Various accounts indicate that such containers would hold from between 5 to 80 pounds of sugar. the conical shape of the container echoes the conical shape of the historically traditional Micmac house.
- On display (G26/dc1)
- Exhibition history
2011 2 Mar-Present, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The Northeastern Woodlands"
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The collection was purchased in December 2009 from the auctioneers Woolley & Wallis (see catalogue AF171109, 17th November 2009, Lot 99), having previously been in the posession of actor and playwright Christopher Norman Taylor. They had earlier been part of the Schlombs Collection belonging to Wolfgang and Carroll Schlombs that was dispersed in the late 1990s.
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