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Bentwood container
Bentwood container
Date:
1880–1890
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Wood, Walrus Tusk, Caribou Hide, And Sinew
Dimensions:
6 1/2 x 10 x 8 in.
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
North America
Culture/People:
Eskimo, Inupiaq
Accession Number:
2007.21.135
Acquisition Date:
2007-06-21
Credit Line:

Bequest of Thomas G. Fowler

Bentwood container, probably a women's tool box, used to store sewing implements, toys, possibly swatches of hide and other small personal items. The sides of the container are a thinned spruce slabs that have been steamed and bent and stitched together with spruce root strips. The wooden bottom is fitted and snapped into place while the lid is hinged with hide.