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Quillwork panel - ROM2005_5919_1


Quillwork panel

Geography: Baptiste Lake and Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada
Date: early 19th century
Maker: Belonged to Ek-wah-satch and grandfather, Anishinaabeg
Medium: Hide, porcupine quills, plant fibre
12.6 × 13.4 × 0.1 cm
Object number: 933X67
Not on view
Description This panel from the late 1700s or early 1800s was probably part of an ornament that hung from a person’s back. It was collected in 1890 from Ek-wah-satch, an Anishinaabe of Baptiste Lake. It had belonged to his grandfather from Georgian Bay. Such panels are made from dozens of fine hide strips, bound together with dyed porcupine quills. Depicted is a sacred thunderbird with zigzags that perhaps represent lightning produced by the blinking of its eyes.