A howling wolf set against the full moon and tall evergreens is part of the burnt-work designs that Clarence Polches, Mi'kmaq, has added to this small wooden jewelry chest. Pyrographic (or burnt work) wolf prints appear on the front along with a traditional Wabanaki double-curve design with a trifoliate design at center. On either side is the four-star symbol of the Wabanaki. (Wabanaki federation includes the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi'kmaq, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes that inhabit Northern Maine, Vermont and Eastern Canada.)
Pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks. As a traditional art of the Wabanaki, pyrography has been used for nearly two centuries and perhaps even prior to European contact.
In excellent condition, this gorgeous jewelry chest has a rounded top. There are scalloping of the wood at front center and a brass finish clasp on the front and two similar material hinges on the back. See accompanying photographs to review all pyrographic design elements.
This fanciful chest would be ideal for any bedroom for storage of jewelry or other small items. Also, if you are a collector of Native American artifacts, this contemporary jewelry chest would be a marvelous addition to your collection.