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Mid 19th Century
Size: 7.5cm high, 10cm dia. – 3 ins high, 4 ins dia.
However, the long accepted theory is that quilled bark mosaics on boxes were a creation of the French Ursuline nuns in 18th century Québec and that the art reached the Micmac via other native peoples and the fur-trade, or by Micmac pupils at the convent school for 'les jeunes sauvagesses'. This is clearly not the case as there are records of canoes and other quilled bark items being made by the Micmac in the 17th century. What the Ursulines did achieve in the 18th century was to pioneer a particular type of embroidery using steel needles for moose hair and quilled work and adapting native designs to those of French Renaissance tapestries.