Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bentwood box
  • Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) peoples
  • bentwood box, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • cedar wood, cedar bark
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 53 x 48 x 46.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 20 7/8 x 18 7/8 x 18 1/4 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6201

The large square wooden box's sides are made from a single piece of cedar, scored and bent to form corners. The loose ends are stitched together with cedar bark to form the fourth quarter. The bottom panel is also stitched on with cedar bark. It is dark brown. The three stitches about 1/4 of the distance from the top on one side appears to be an old repair.