M16933.1-2 | Container with lid

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Container with lid
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Eastern Woodlands
Aboriginal: Huron-Wendat
1830-1860, 19th century
Birchbark, moosehair, silk liner, cotton thread, dyes
6.5 x 9.5 x 22 cm
Gift of Miss Blackader
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

Huron-Wendat women demonstrated great creativity in their artisanal production through their ability to target a market niche. They perfected elaborate embroidery techniques and created refined and original products that were greatly prized by bourgeois women.

This glove box is but one example - the perfect match of aesthetics, sophistication and usefulness. Magnificent boxes like these are especially interesting for the variety of their embroidery stitches in moosehair.

  • What

    This birchbark glove box is lined with silk and generously decorated with embroidery in moosehair dyed with natural pigments.

  • Where

    In the 19th century, Wendake, on the outskirts of Quebec City, had a flourishing artisanal industry. It was a great economic boost for Huron-Wendat families.

  • When

    This glove box, so attractively embroidered with moosehair, was made in about the mid-19th century, between 1830 and 1860.

  • Who

    This superb glove box is clearly the work of a Huron-Wendat woman. These artists produced many fine works elaborately embroidered with moosehair in the middle of the 19th century.