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Wooden BoxesWooden BoxE. W. Nelson, 1880, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution 43489


Seal Shaped box from Cape Vancouver.

As well as crafting bentwood bowls, men carved beautiful boxes from single pieces of wood. Among a man's most prized possessions were his personal workbox and tobacco container, many decorated with unique designs recalling the owner's personal experiences, both ordinary and extraordinary.

 

Qungasvik Fish Shaped BoxFish Shaped Box

Fish Shaped Box

From Cape Vancouver, carved from a single piece of wood.

Dimensions

H x W

Credits

E. W. Nelson, 1897, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution 176122



Qungasvik Gear BoxGear Box

Gear Box with a seal body and human head.

Looking at it reminded Paul John of the powerful woman of the sea, Qupurruyuli.

Dimensions

H x W

Credits

J. A. Jacobsen, 1882, Ethnologisches Museum Berlin IVA3677



Qungasvik Fish Hook BoxFish Hook Box

Fish Hook Box

Shaped as a double seal, trimmed with tufts of hair and bead eyes and nostrils.

Dimensions

H x W

Credits

J. A. Jacobsen, 1882, Ethnologisches Museum Berlin IVA3661



Qungasvik BoxWork Box

Qungasvik - Box

Box for storing blades.

Dimensions

H x W

Credits

1890s, Sheldon Jackson Museum IIF004



Qungasvik Work BoxWork Box

Work Box

From Andreafski adorned with smiling male and frowning female faces, both with bead labrets.

Dimensions

H x W

Credits

S. Jackson, 1893, Sheldon Jackson Museum IIBO75



  Qungasvik Lower Yukon Box

Lower Yukon Box, half insect, half human, with a cross around its neck.

Box
S. Jackson, 1890s, Sheldon Jackson Museum IIH037



 

Box

Lower Yukon box in the shape of a seal wrapped around a shell. S. Jackson, 1890s, Sheldon Jackson Museum IIH038

 



  Caaniiguaq Wooden Tea Kettle

Wooden Tea Kettle from the Kuskokwim, probably made for sale around 1900. Carvers were quick to put old materials to new uses.

Wooden Kettle
Alaska State Museum IIA4102

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