Container with lid
Native American (Maliseet-Passamaquoddy)
Object Place: Maine (Northeastern), United States; Object Place: or southern coastal or interior New Brunswick
19.05 x 21.59 x 40 cm (7 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 15 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Elm bark, split root, black dye
Not On View
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 bottom. White zig-zag borders the container top and bottom between half-circles. Lid top is plain bark; the wide lip is incised with painted black ground. Half-circles alternate directions against the top and bottom edges.
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.
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)
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