Etched Birchbark Container with Lid
This large Birchbark Container features etched Heart and Flower designs on the sides and top. The artist etched the designs on the back of the Birch bark 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. Heart and Flower designs appear on both sides and the top of the container. 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 8″ tall. The bottom measures 12″ x 7.5″. The cover measures 10.5″ x 8.75″. The Container came from a collection. The rim of the cover is separating from the Birchbark top, but it can be repaired. One of a Kind!
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