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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Sphinx figure made of wood (pine), plaster.

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1874-1878
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 74.5 centimetres
    • Width: 36 centimetres
    • Depth: 37 centimetres
    • Weight: 18 kilograms
  • Curator's comments

    Register comment from 1896:

    "in a deserted village near Masset, Queen Charlotte Islands. Found in a pit in a house. Carved by Simeon Silthda, a Haida, from a picture in an illustrated Bible shown him by Rev. Wm. Collison between 1874 & 1878". There is an additional note that the object was obtained from "[Clarke]".


  • Bibliography

    • Russell 2012 No.66 bibliographic details
    • Wright 2001 p. 290 bibliographic details
    • Wright 1998 p.46, no.7 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G26

  • Exhibition history

    1980 Feb-1983 Aug, Museum of Mankind, Room 9; Art Made for Strangers: Haida Argillite Carving
    1993-95, London, Museum of Mankind, 'Treasures of the Americas'
    2012 14 Jan-29 Apr, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem; Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Am1896C3.1202 (old CDMS no.)


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