- Museum number
Letter rack made of wood, beads, cloth, porcupine (quills).
- Curator's comments
Register addition "NAM" Register addition "East Coast".
Comment by Ruth Holmes Whitehead, March 1985 "Birchbark, porcupine quills, glazed cotton, glass beads, cotton thread, silk ribbon. Wall pocket in the shape of a long vertical rectangle with a finial at the top, backed with unquilled bark, edged with navy silk ribbon applique, with a border of white glass pony beads in the one-up/one-down pattern. Three pockets of bark lined with pink glazed cotton, and increasing in size - the largest nearest the base, are also bordered with the same silk and beads. The outsides of these pockets are quilled, and they are contiguous. The area from the uppermost edge of the top pocket to the top of the piece, where the bark ground is exposed, is also quills. The quills are dyed russet, yellow, indigo, greenish-black, black, aqua, and undyed white. The colours are still vivd. This piece is gorgeous."
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1985 24 Jun-14 Aug, Canada House Cultural Centre Gallery, London; Mohawk, Micmac and Maliseet: Indian Souvenir Art from Victorian Canada
1988 15 Jan-1 May, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, The Spirit Sings: Artistic Traditions of Canada's First Peoples
1988 1 Jul-1 Nov, Museum of Civilization, Lorne Building, Ottawa, The Spirit Sings: Artistic Traditions of Canada's First Peoples
2001 1 Sep-2011 2 Mar, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The Northeastern Woodlands"
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Attached to object is a Wellcome accession label. The object was purchased for £2 at auction on 8th May 1931, Lot number 40 (Nos. 2014-2015). The auction catalogue is illegible, but may be "Hurt" or "Fleur". The object was given the accession number 115,298 and was transferred on 28th December 1932 with the check number 2015.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 115,298 (Wellcome accession number)