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Quilled Chair Seat and Back

Arts of the Americas

CULTURE Mi'kmaq
MEDIUM Porcupine quills, birchbark
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS Back: 15 1/2 × 9 3/4 × 1/4 in. (39.4 × 24.7 × 0.6 cm) Seat: 12 13/16 × 14 3/16 × 1/4 in. (32.5 × 36 × 0.6 cm) mount: 16 1/2 × 14 1/4 × 13 3/4 in. (41.9 × 36.2 × 34.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
ACCESSION NUMBER 09.867a-b
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
PROVENANCE Prior to 1996, acquired by the Brooklyn Museum, acquisition method not yet documented.
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This type of quilled article is a prime example of the ingenuity of the artist to take traditional materials, quills, normally used in bags and clothing decoration and fashion a new item for the trade markets. The seat cushion reflects the Victorian mode of seat cushions used in non-Native homes of the period.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Mi'kmaq. Quilled Chair Seat and Back, 19th century. Porcupine quills, birchbark, Back: 15 1/2 × 9 3/4 × 1/4 in. (39.4 × 24.7 × 0.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 09.867a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.867a-b_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 09.867a-b_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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Mi'kmaq. <em>Quilled Chair Seat and Back</em>, 19th century. Porcupine quills, birchbark, Back: 15 1/2 × 9 3/4 × 1/4 in. (39.4 × 24.7 × 0.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 09.867a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.867a-b_PS11.jpg)