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Object description

  • Tuscarora (Iroquois) artist
  • Case, before 1923
  • Birchbark, plant fiber, quill, hair
  • New York, Northeastern United States
  • L: 4 5/8 in, W: 1 1/8 in, D: 3/4 in (L: 11.7 cm, W: 2.9 cm, D: 1.9 cm)
  • Gift of Mr. William Sumner Appleton, 1923
  • E24362

DESCRIPTION

This is a birch bark case with a removable top, decorated on the front and back with floral designs. The designs incorporate porcupine quills and moose hair which has been dyed green, yellow, blue, and pink. On the first side, the design is divided into a top and bottom section. At the top, a blue and white striped flower is surrounded by three leaves of green and yellow. At the bottom, another flower in shades of blue and white is surrounded by many green and yellow leaves and a swirling vine design. The second side is also divided into a top and bottom section. At the top, a single bud or flower in shades of pink and white sits atop two leaves of green and yellow. At the bottom, three flowers, or possibly pinecones, of pink, yellow and white, each sit on two green and yellow leaves. The entire case edged in white.