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)

Quilled Chair Seat and Back

Artist:Mi'kmaq

Medium: Porcupine quills, birchbark

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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)

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Accession Number: 09.867a-b

Image: 09.867a-b_PS11.jpg,

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.

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