Object photography

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Object description

  • Mohawk (Iroquois) artist
  • Wall pocket, late 19th century
  • Glass, silk, sequin
  • Niagara Falls, North America
  • L: 20 5/8 in, W: 6 5/8 in, D: 5/8 in (L: 52.4 cm, W: 16.8 cm, D: 1.6 cm)
  • Gift of Miss M. L. Dewey, 1922
  • E18499
  • Beginning in the early 19th century, Native artists in the Niagara Falls region sold their wares to visiting tourists
  • The placement of the beads lends a handsome three-dimensional effect to the birds and flowers

Mohawk and other Haudenosaunee [Iroquois] women in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada produced various souvenirs during the tourist boom in the Niagara Falls region in the 19th century, particularly after the Civil War. Many of these items were adapted from European forms and designs, such as this wall pocket, and other highly decorated items like pincushions, needle cases, picture frames, and ladies purses.