- Museum number
Circular vessel (flower pot?), widening from base to rim, made of birchbark; with upper border decoration in white, blue, yellow, red and black quillwork. Together with separate birchbark saucer with similar border.
Diameter: 6 inches (lid, from Register)
Diameter: 6.25 inches (vase, from Register)
Height: 1.75 inches (lid, from Register)
Height: 6.50 inches (vase, from Register)
- Curator's comments
Lid is described as a "stand" (with "saucer" also pencilled) in "British and Medieval Acquisitions [Register] 1837-45" entry (p.33).
Registers: British and Medieval Dept. Acquisitions (1837-1845), p.33, and British and Medieval Dept. Acquisitions, v.1 (4/1837-12/1844), p.68.
"Given by Dr.C.G.Farish of Nova Scotia. Made by the Micmac Indians in Nava Scotia of birchbark".
Not included in British and Medieval Extracts (1757-1887) Register; no Ethnography Department registration Slip. (AMD,4/1998).
The two saucers were published by Ruth Whitehead in 'Micmac Quillwork', 1982, p 15, with the following comment: '...Notice how they are decorated with oversewn lengths of porcupine quills, and with a mosaic of quills inserted into the bark. This may be indicative of the type of quill decoration once done on Denys' bark 'dishes''.
Nicolas Denys (d 1688) was a French Acadian whose 'Description and natural history' (1672/1908) includes mention of an early type of dish which may resemble this example: 'They made their dishes, large and small, of bark. They sewed them with the Fir roots so well that they held water. They ornamented some of them with quills of Porcupine'. Quoted by Whitehead, 1982, p 14.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1982-1987 Jun-Jan, Museum of Mankind, Thunderbird and Lightning: Indian Life in North America, 1600-1900
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number