- Museum number
Boat, model made of wood.
Length: 10.30 centimetres
Width: 7 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This tiny miniature depicts a westcoast-style canoe, a type produced in large numbers by the Nuu-chah-nulth, Makah and Salishan peoples of Vancouver Island, Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula.
The miniature is roughly finished in yellow cedar, quickly shaped by a carver familiar with this design of canoe. Although all miniature canoes from this region have bows and sterns which are not in proportion to the hull by comparison with a full-sized canoe, this miniature is particularly exaggerated.
The westcoast canoe design features a high square stern and a jutting elongated bow with a triple-pointed bow point. On a full-scale canoe these would be additions to the dug-out trunk, although on miniatures (as here) they are usual integral to the original piece. It is painted with red and black water designs common with the Nuu-chah-nulth and Makah canoe carvers, and may have been made as a child's toy.
The circumstances under which the Museum obtained this miniature are unknown, but it is most likely to have been sold by the carver as a souvenir / toy in the early twentieth century.
(Jack Davy, 15/12/2016)
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- Acquisition details unknown.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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