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Oval box incised with symbols composed nearly wholly of circles and half-circles with interior parallel lines. Container sides are ringed with full concentric circles with inside black irregular squares, inside of which are white circles. Wide diagonal black lines join the circles from top to...

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Marks

Label on cover in inked script: This box was left / behind by the Indians when / they burnt the town of Medfield / Feb 21 1675. Mass / But one house left standing.

Provenance

Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little (1937-1984) collection by 1985; sold at sale 6526, Important Americana, Sotheby's, New York, 29 January 1994, no. 155; purchased from Sotheby's through Northeast Auctions by MFA. (Accession Date: February 23, 1994)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by a Friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture in honor of Nina Fletcher and Bertram K. Little

Native American (Maliseet-Passamaquoddy), about 1800

Object Place

or southern coastal or interior New Brunswick

Object Place

Maine (Northeastern), United States

Dimensions

19.05 x 21.59 x 40 cm (7 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 15 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1994.20a-b

Medium or Technique

Elm bark, split root, black dye

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Basketry