Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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box with lid
  • unknown Ojibwe (Ojibwa) maker
  • box with lid, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or Canada
  • birchbark, porcupine quills, string
  • Object Height/Diameter: 10.5 x 14 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 1/8 x 5 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Jedel Family Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2010.0153.a,b

Round box (a) and lid (b) made from birchbark that is sewn together at the edges and seams with porcupine quills. The lid fits over the top of the bottom of the box. The box and lid are both decorated with porcupine quills to create floral patterns and "x" shapes. On the bottom portion there are four flowers, each with four petals and they are connected by vines with two leaves extending off the vines between each flower. The bottom of the box is attached to the walls with string. The center of the lid has one large flower in the center with five petals. At the bottom of that flower's stem are two more stems that branch off of each side and each of those stems has a smaller flower at the end and two leaves on the stem. The edge of the lid is sewn with quills to create an "x" pattern. The side of the lid is decorated with a row of pointed oval shpaes that alternate with large "x" shapes.