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one of a set of three nested boxes with lids
  • Naskapi peoples
  • one of a set of three nested boxes with lids, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Quebec, Canada
  • birch bark, plant fiber
  • Object Height/Diameter: 9 x 12 cm height taken with lid
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 in height taken with lid
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2163.01.a,b

This is one of a set of three round boxes with lids. Each was built with a strip of bark as the box sides, stitched to another piece for the base, and a wooden splint at the rim, tacked in four places. The lids are constructed the same way.

The largest box (2007.2163.01.a) and lid (2007.2163.01.b) has a darker colored surface of bark. The light color is where the top surface of bark was scraped away. The box has a dark rim and thick vertical lines with light squiggly lines flanking a row of dots in each dark line. Thick light lines separate dark lines. The bottom of the box is decorated with a light flower-like shape. The top of the lid has a flower-like shape (or four hearts, points together) with a cross through it. The rim has light vertical lines, and "m" shapes with a dot in each space.