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WILLIAM J FISHER COLLECTION
PAINED BENTWOOD BOX

COLLECTOR'S DOCUMENTATION:
"Wooden box"

-William Fisher

CATALOG NO:  168637
OBJECT TYPE:  painted bentwood box

REMARKS:
Bentwood technology is an ingenious method used to make a variety of wooden objects in Alaska Native cultures. The bentwood sides of this box collected by Fisher were steamed, bent, stitched together with spruce root and then fit into a solid wood bottom. The ends of the bentwood piece were bevelled so as to create an almost invisible join.

Museum collections include 19th century examples of bentwood hunting hats, bowls, buckets, ladles, trays, dishes, boxes, and the outer hoops that characterize many of the masks from the Alutiiq and Yup'ik regions. Based on present archaeological evidence, we know bentwood technology has been in use among the Alutiit for at least 800 years.

-Dee Hunt

CATALOG NUMBER:

168637

OBJECT TYPE:

painted bentwood box

ACCESSION NO.:

27806 (1894)

YEAR COLLECTED:

1887-1893

FIELD NUMBER:

77

GROUP NAME:

Suacit (Chugach)

GROUP NAME RECORDED BY FISHER:

TSHUGATSHAGAMUTE

LOCATION:

Nuuciq (Nuchek)

LOCATION RECORDED BY FISHER:

TSHUGATSHAGAMUTE SETTLEMENT, PR. WM. SD.

NATIVE LANGUAGE TERM:

no data

NATIVE LANGUAGE TERM RECORDED BY FISHER:

no data

DIMENSIONS:

D=26 cm; H=18 cm

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