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Artist / Maker : Haida; artist unknown
Title : Haida Bentwood Box
Date (Execution) : c. 1860
Geographical Origin : British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Haida
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Cedar wood; operculum shells
Support / Technique : bevelled, steamed and bent; assembled; painted; inlayed with shells
Object Type : boxes (containers); bentwood
Visual Description : This bentwood box is decorated with Haida imagery on two opposite sides. The imagery is painted in black and ink. The other sides of the box are plain, with the natural wood, and have the outline of two oblong shapes, evenly placed in the centre. Along the sides of these side panels are columns with red slanted lines, forming a zigszag pattern. The lid has no paint, instead operculum are placed on the front surface. There are thirteen columns, each with two shells, except for the first, second, twelfth, and thirteenth columns, which have four shells each.
Accession # : U001.11.405
Width (cm) : 50.50
Height (cm) : 65.00
Depth (cm) : 46.00
Mandatory Credit : Gift of the Estate of Michael C. Williams
Artist Statement :