Etched Birchbark Container with Leaves & Beaver design
This large Birchbark Container features etched botanical designs and a Beaver on the bottom. The artist etched the designs on the back of the Birchbark while it was still green. As it dried, the image darkened. The artist used spruce root to hold it together. He stitched together two pieces of Birchbark for the cover. The cover is very sturdy and you can take it completely off the container. Etched leaf designs appear on both sides and the top of the container. On the bottom you will find an etched Beaver design. A light coat of polyurethane gives it a bit of a shine. A piece of Braintanned Deerskin Leather Lacing serves as a carrying handle.
Birchbark containers are traditional containers made from the bark of birch trees. They are typically used by Indigenous people in North America for storing and transporting food, clothing, and other items. This Container stands 9.75″ tall. The bottom measures 12″ x 7.5″. The cover measures 9″ x 8.5″. The Container came from a collection. You will see that the cover is a bit warped, but otherwise It is in very good condition! One of a Kind!
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