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Carved Figure

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1951A3.32
Collection:Ethnography - North America
Date:1910 - 1925

Maker Information

Maker:Kwakiutl / Kwakwaka'wakw - View history

Notes

This sculpure, from the Kwakwaka'wakw or Kwakiutl people of coastal British Columbia, represents a kneeling figure holding a mask to its face.The Kwakwaka'wakw woodcarving tradition is characterised by depth of carving and symmetry of form without regard for the original surface. This figure may have served as an architectural support in one of the great cedar plank houses, the traditional dwelling of the Kwakwaka'wakw, or it may have been intended for display in a public park or similar location.

Transferred from the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Medium:Carved and painted.
Material(s):Paint
Place of Origin:British Columbia, Canada
Place of Excavation:KWAKIUTL?
BRITISH COLUMBIA, AMERICA,N (CANADA)

Dimensions

Height:69 cm
Width:40 cm
Depth:40 cm