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Wicker basket 1876

Wicker, felt, glass | 50.8 x 35.2 x 35.2 cm (whole object) | RCIN 42917

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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  • Wicker circular basket in tiers with elaborate designs with hanging baskets of attached flowers, on a blue felt base in an urn-with-lid shape; under a glass dome.
    Provenance


    Presented to Queen Victoria by the Iroquois of Caughnawaga (Kahnawake), East Canada, at Windsor Castle, 27 June 1876. 

    Queen Victoria recorded the visit in her journal entry for that day: 'I watched a game of "La Crosse" played by a team of 14 Canadians & 13 Iroquois Indians. They were first presented to me by Mr J. Lowther Under Secy for the Colonies, & their Captain Dr Beer said some words, to which I replied. Then the Indians, who had most curious names came up, headed by their Chief, a very tall man, & read a long Address in the Iroquois language, with much emphasis having first placed his tomahawk on the ground before me, in sign of submission. They were strangely painted & some were very dark. They wore coloured feathers on their heads & sorts of "tricots" like acrobats. I gave to both Canadians & Indians, each, one of my signed photographs. The latter begged to offer a basket of their manufacture to "our good Mother" as they called me.'

  • Medium and techniques

    Wicker, felt, glass

    Measurements

    50.8 x 35.2 x 35.2 cm (whole object)

  • Place of Production

    Canada