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bentwood box with lid
  • unknown Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) maker
  • bentwood box with lid, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • cedar wood, operculum shells, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: a) 60.5 x 70.5 x 51.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: a) 23 13/16 x 27 3/4 x 20 1/4 in
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b) 10.5 x 72 x 54 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b) 4 1/8 x 28 3/8 x 21 1/4 in
    Object Height/Width/Depth: c) 2 x 71 x 50.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: c) 13/16 x 27 15/16 x 19 7/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2780.a,b,c

The dark brown box (2007.2780.a) is made from a single sheet of cedar, kerfed, bent and joined with wooden pegs. This was originally attached to the bottom (2007.2780.c) with wooden pegs as well. There is an old metal repair in one of the top corners and a hole in the top corner of each side of the box. The box has shallow horizontal grooves covering three sides, and there is one rectangle on both of the short sides where the grooves travel in another direction. One long side has a rectangular outline with diagonal grooves, but the inside of the rectangle is filled with horizontal grooves. The other long side appears to be undecorated.

The box lid (2007.2780.b) is flat, but the back edge has a tall lip. The back of this lip is decorated wtih small oval shells, set into the wood. There is one continuous line across the top, and three columns.