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Carved and painted bentwood chest, with a telescoping lid, inlaid with snail shell opercula. One side is decorated with the large design of a mammal (with what is possibly bear-like) head with protruding design in low relief; the other side is decorated in high relief with a squatting bear with upraised front paws. On either side of the squatting bear ravens.
- Production date
Height: 28 centimetres
Width: 41 centimetres
Depth: 29 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is one of the most important Northwest Coast items in the collections, speculatively speaking. It was first published in Coe's 'Sacred Circles, 1976. Most importantly it was included in McLennan and Duffek's 'Transforming Image', Vancouver 2000, p. 155 fig 6.13. 'Telescoping bentwood chest, Haida or Tlingit. Eighteenth century'; this attribution is challanged in S.Brown's review of same work: 'American Indian Art Magazine', 30(2) Spring 2005, p. 93, where he calls it possibly 'Tsimshian'. McLennan and Duffek illustrate five others on pp 154-156. They compare this chest to one in the American Museum of Natural History, NY ( E/987). Explicit Tlingit elements are mentioned.
- On display (G26/dc7)
- Exhibition history
1920, London, Burlington Fine Arts Club; Indigenous American Art
1988 15 Jan-1 May, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, The Spirit Sings: Artistic Traditions of Canada's First Peoples
1988 1 Jul-1 Nov, Museum of Civilization, Lorne Building, Ottawa, The Spirit Sings: Artistic Traditions of Canada's First Peoples
1999 25 Jun-Present, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The Northwest Coast of America"
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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