Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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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, metal
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 32 x 30 x 29 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 5/8 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6200

The cube shaped bentwood box's sides are made from one piece of cedar, kerfed and bent at three corners and the loose ends are held together with wooden pegs and metal nails. The bottom is held on with wooden pegs. The lid is held on with cord.

There is a wide vertical red stripe at each corner, and the remainder is brown. The top and bottom are undecorated. A bundle of three cords wrap the box, two per side. There are four points of intersection on each side, which are wrapped and four points of intersection on the top and bottom.