An Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) mother could carry her baby with ease in a cradle such as this one. The bow at the front protected the baby if the cradle fell over. The baby was swaddled in a cloth that wrapped around the back of the cradle. A footboard at the bottom helped support the baby’s weight (the footboard is missing here). The Scottish thistles in the Grecian-style vase, heart motif and stars on this cradle reflect the artistic influences of the Iroquois, French and English people living in Quebec and New York.
Physical dimensions: 
length 33 in
width 14.75 in