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bentwood box
  • Tlingit peoples
  • bentwood box, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States or British Columbia, Cana
  • cedar wood, paint, cord
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 46 x 41 x 40.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 18 1/8 x 16 1/8 x 15 15/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6198

The wooden box is slightly taller than wide. The sides are made from one piece of wood, kerfed and bent. The joint is stitched with strips of cedar. The bottom is held on with wooden pegs and nails. The top is held on with cords.

There is a brown with a red stripe on each corner and a red circle in the center of the lid. There are two strands of light colored cord wrapped two vertical per side and two horizontal per side, and tied with a total of four square knots per side, evenly space. The cord is wrapped but not tied on the top and bottom. There is a metal disc on one side near the joint.