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Birch Bark Box

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Record 23/826
Copyright New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, NY
Object ID T0022a-b
Object Name Birch Bark Box
Description Eastern Ojibwa Birch Bark Domed Box: Domed box make of birch bark decorated with dyed quillwork.; Medium/Materials: Birch bark, spruce root, porcupine quills, vegetal dyes.; Marks: On bottom, pencil marks: "0/7" "4";
Dimensions H-5 W-4 L-7 inches
Early Date 1847
Late Date 1853
Made Presentation/Souvenir
Place of Origin Ontario, Canada
People Ojibwa/
Provenance (1) James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin and 12th Earl of Kincardine (1811-1863). Dunfermline, Scotland. Believed to have been given as a presentation piece to Lord Elgin, Governor-General of Canada, between 1847-1853, during his residency in Canada between 1847 and 1853.; (2) Descended in Elgin family to the 11th Earl of Elgin and 15th Earl of Kincardine.. Sale handled by Richard L. Feigen, St. James's, London, England; (3) Eugene V. Thaw 19 November 1990.;
Search Terms Eastern Ojibwa/
History Scholarly Attributions: [1] Quillwork and box form display a number of Micmac elements. In particular, the handling of the decorative elements on the sides of both the top and the bottom exhibit Micmac sensibilities as does the domed rectangular shape - Cath Oberholtzer 8 July 1996. [2] Revised catalogue entry by Ted Brasser - September 1996 - Eastern Ojibwa or Ottawa (NOT Micmac).
Used Eastern Ojibwa
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