Birch Bark Container

Northeast Woodlands


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about 1870-1880

Birch bark, spruce, and string; with sgraffito design

Overall: 8 7/8 × 6 5/16 in. (22.5 × 16 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Mrs. Sidney Cox, Class of 1939hW



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name

Personal Gear: Box

Research Area

Native American

Native American: Woodlands

Not on view


Lid, decorated with a cross superimposed on an inverted cross; inscribed, inside of lid, in graphite: "Susanna Wheeler / Grandmother to Marinda Page Foster/ Carrie M. Foster." On base -- "-------nna Wheeler -------ndmother to ---Foster -------Foster Bugbee." (Partially obliterated).

Exhibition History

The Arts of Native America, The Eastern Woodland: Algonkian and Iroquois, Dartmouth College Museum and Galleries, Anthropology and History Collections, East Gallery, Wilson Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 6-November 11, 1979.

Publication History

Jane C. Beck, Always in Season: Folk Art and Traditional Culture in Vermont, Montpelier, Vermont: Vermont Council on the Arts, 1982, ill. p. 55.


Susanna Wheeler; to her granddaughters, Marinda Page Foster (1808-1898) and Carrie M. Foster Bugbee (1833-1899), 2nd wife of Austin Bugbee, (1824-1902) of Sharon, Vermont; purchased at an auction in Thetford, Vermont, November 30, 1950; Alice Ray Cox (1891-1975), Hanover, New Hampshire; given to present collection, 1950.

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