Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Shorelines'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2001 through 2004.
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On View Wheatland Family Gallery, level 2

Object description

  • School of T. Joseph (Passamaquoddy)
  • Wastebasket, 1910-1920
  • Birchbark, wood
  • Maine, United States
  • H: 14 in, dia.: 12 1/2 in (H: 35.6 cm, dia.: 31.7 cm)
  • Gift of Mr. Oliver Wolcott, 1956
  • E33641
  • Used traditional birchbark material in novel ways
  • Catered to tastes of non-Natives, typically owners of rustic Maine summer homes

In the early 20th century, Passamaquoddy artists applied their skills making birchbark baskets to produce goods in vogue in America, such as this decorative wastebasket. Many patrons bought such items to furnish their summer homes in Maine.