- Museum number
Cover made of bark (birch), wood, grass, quills (porcupine).
- Curator's comments
Comment by Ruth Holmes Whitehead, March 1985 "Large ovallidded box has wooden base, bark liner, and exterior of three rings of bark wrapped with spruce root, with quillwork interweave. Lid side constructed and decorated in same manner, and sewn to oval bark lid top with spruce root. Lid top is solidly quilled in geometric patterns, including the double-curve motif in white undyed quills. Other colours are russet (Bloodroot), yelloe (Goldthread), blue (Indigo), and black (unknown)."
Whitehead in 'Micmac quillwork', 1982, notes that this box lid has a unique design element added to the double curve motif (p 166): between the two curves is a '..horizontal bar in the centre of the enclosed area supported on two out-curves from the bottom. This interior pedastel, as it were, seems to form a mark of identity for the Micmac designs, though we are, as yet, at a loss to explain it' (quoting from Speck 1914:7)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1976-1977 7 Oct-16 Jan, London, The Hayward Gallery
1977 16 Apr-19 Jun, Kansas City, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Sacred Circles: 2,000 Years of North American Indian Art
1985 24 Jun-14 Aug, Canada House Cultural Centre Gallery, London; Mohawk, Micmac and Maliseet: Indian Souvenir Art from Victorian Canada
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am186?C1.2644b (old CDMS no.)