Handkerchief box, Passamaquoddy, ca. 1880

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Handkerchief box, Passamaquoddy, ca. 1880

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This handkerchief box was created and carved by Tomah Joseph, of the Passamaquoddy tribe in the late 19th century.

Tomah Joseph (1837-1914) is perhaps the best-known Passamaquoddy birchbark artist from the late 19th and early 20th century. His beautifully decorated birchbark work can be found on everything from canoes to coat racks to letter boxes. He was also a friend of President Franklin D. Roosevelt throughout his life, spending time together at Campobello Island in easternmost Maine.

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About This Item

  • Title: Handkerchief box, Passamaquoddy, ca. 1880
  • Creator: Tomah Joseph
  • Creation Date: circa 1880
  • Subject Date: circa 1880
  • Media: Birch bark, ash, pine, twine
  • Dimensions: 3.8 cm x 15.25 cm x 12.7 cm
  • Local Code: 2004-13
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3519

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