HISTORIC PLAINS CREE OR PLAINS OJIBWAY TEA COZYEstimated AGE: late 19thc, circa 1870 - 1880GEOGRAPHIC area: Provisional Districts of Assiniboia and Athabasca [east section] later incorporated into the Province of Saskatchewan in 1905DESCRIPTION: A fully beaded functional tea cozy made for sale or trade by a native woman likely at a Hudson's Bay trading post, or living in the environs of a post.
This extraordinary example of indigenous craft work is comprised of thousands of tiny seed beads spot stitch sewn on a cloth base, entirely covering the front and verso with multi coloured floral floral motifs against a white background. Rope work cord around joins of panels. Fully lined and padded original cotton material.This artistic creation was crafted after the fur trade economy had largely ended . It is representative of a late transitory period when native economies in west central Canada were shifting to purposeful production of items tailored to the Euro Canadian economy.
Notwithstanding the fact that this object was created specifically for trade to the Euro Canadian market , and is comprised entirely of trade acquired materials, the floral motifs and the double lobbed structural design along the top reflect or echo native animism concepts. The double lobbed motifs could recall animal images in an abstract sense. This interpretation is not contradicted by the fact that the double lobbed extensions served no purpose in accommodating tea pots, and seem to be decorative.
DIMENSIONS : 12 inches by 16 inches, measured at base and lobe height
A late 19th C historic Plains Cree or Plains Ojibway beaded tea cozy
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GEORGE BROWN ANTIQUARIAN
DescriptionCOUVRE THEIERE, historique, CRI ou OJIBWA des Plaines, du quatrieme quart de 19e siecleLieu d'origine vraisemblablement le District provisoire d'Assiniboia ou Athabasca. [Saskatchewan]Problement fait par une femme autochtone vivant a ou pres d'un poste de traite de la baie d'Hudson. C'est un exemple extraordinaire de l'artisinat et de l'art indigene, en particulier celui des femmes autochtones completement couvertes de milliers de miniscules perles de rocaille.Fait expres pour le vente sur le marche euro - canadienne , il reflete neanmoins dans sa conception et sa structure les anciennes traditions autochtone. Notament les doubles lobes en haut peuvent etre interpretes comme des images abstraites d'animaux.Largeur 16" hauteur 12 ".