This super rare and astonishingly beautiful vintage First Nations decorated birch bark lidded container was made by a member of the Attikamek tribe in Manawan, Quebec. Etched with trees and wildflower designs, the container is by far the most elaborate example of decorated birch bark native art we have ever seen. What makes this artifact exceptional is the exquisite etched design all the way around the cylindrical sides of the container and on the lid. Groups of wild flowers flow into leafy trees and individual large floral blossoms. Lid has a dream catcher style web design. This native art form is very rare and highly prized by collectors. According to Danielle Gibbins of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, “during the ornamentation process the native artist heated the birch bark and skillfully etched the design; scraping off the birch bark’s surface yielded the light under layer.” The container was probably made in the 1970s, and is marked “Tourisme Manawan” on the bottom and signed with a name and the initials CF. The lovely container measures 11 inches tall and is 7 inches in diameter at the bottom. The overhanging lid is 8.5 inches in diameter. It is stitched together with fine wood splints, which are in great shape. The lid is in very delicate condition, and is ready to crack on one side. Strongly recommend that the lid not be removed to avoid breakage. Otherwise in outstanding vintage condition with no stains, chips or broken areas. A gorgeous museum-quality native art piece for cabin, cottage or rustic home.
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