Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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box with lid
  • Shomire
  • box with lid, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • birch bark, porcupine quills, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 5.5 x 11.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 2 1/8 x 4 1/2 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2235.a,b

The round birch bark box (2007.2235.a) has a lid (2007.2235.b). The bottom half of the box sides are covered with parallel quills with the dark ends at the top. The sides of the lid are covered with parallel quills, with the dark ends at the top. When the lid is on the box, the sides appear fully covered. The top of the lid is decorated with a red flower of quills, and a dark brown center of knotted quills. The scalloped edge is made of brown quills.