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Carved whale


By the 1970s, Robert Stopel, London; 1970s, sold by Stopel to Merton Simpson, New York; October 23, 1982, sale (consigned by Merton Simpson), Sotheby’s, New York, lot 175, unsold; January 18, 2011, sale (consigned by Merton Simpson), Christie’s, New York, lot 147, unsold; 2011, sold by Simpson to John Molloy Gallery, New York; 2012, sold by Molloy to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 25, 2012)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by The Karolik Society

Native American (Tsimshian), about 1870

Object Place

British Columbia, Canada


Length x width: 198.1 x 50.8 cm (78 x 20 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar, paint




Wood Carvings / Turnings