Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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miniature totem pole
  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • miniature totem pole, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 50.5 x 6.5 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 19 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 1 15/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5670

The small totem pole has three figures. The top figure is a black bird with a yellow head. There is a band of red, green and yellow vertical stripes over a green band with jagged edges revealing red behind. There are red and yellow vertical lines below the green.

The middle figure is a human figure with a red face. His eyes and nose are red but his lips and tongue are yellow. He is holding a black triangle under his chin. There is a green shape and yellow U shape below, possibly legs.

The bottom figure is a large green bird. He has red eyes and red markings on his body. The wings also have red wavy lines and dots.

The back of the totem pole is flat and painted green.