Bentwood chest - ROM2005_5288_1


Bentwood chest

Maker: Nisga'a
Medium:Cedar, abalone shell
Geography: Gitlaxdamiks, Nass River, British Columbia, Canada
Date: c. 1800
54 × 95 × 52 cm
Object number: 929.21.61
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionBentwood containers – chests, boxes and dishes – represent a construction technique that is unique to the peoples of the Northwest Coast. On a single plank of wood, three grooves called kerfs are cut across the width of the plank. The fibres of wood within the grooves are softened through steaming and then bent to form three corners of the symetrically sided container. The fourth corner and the bottom are joined with pegs or lashings of spruce root or twisted cedar branchlets.
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