Bentwood box - ROM2005_5610_1


Bentwood box

Maker: Nisga'a
Medium:Cedar, commercial cord
Geography: Nass River, British Columbia, Canada
Date: late 19th century
17.5 × 14.8 × 14.2 cm
Object number: HN1178
Credit Line: George T. Emmons Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionThis exquisite box represents the work of a master artist. The sides are constructed from a single plank: kerfed, steamed, and shaped to form three bent corners. The fourth corner and the bottom are secured with wood pegs. The specific function of this box is unknown, but the finely carved human and stylized owl faces embellishing the sides suggest that it had a role in the display of wealth, rank, and prestige.
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