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Potlach figure

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Standing frontal figure carved from a single piece of wood. The head and face are circular and are framed by a halo shape. Eyes are circular and the mouth is like a down turned crescent moon. The nose area is well defined but missing the frontal shape. Bent arms are held symmetrically just...

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In the D.F. Tozier collection, Tacoma, Washington, about 1903; acquired by the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, New York, in 1917 and deaccessioned in 1960 (cat. no. 6/8722); Fred Rowl, New York, N.Y.; Francesco Pellizzi, New York, N.Y.;to the dealer Donald Ellis of Ontario Canada in 1998. Purchased by the Museum on March 3, 1998.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by a Friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Native American (Kwakiutl), about 1840

Object Place

Kwakwaka'waku, Northern Vancouver Island, Canada


172.08 x 46.99 cm (67 3/4 x 18 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar and paint (metal armature)