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stylized bird sculpture
  • unknown Kwih-dich-chuh-aht (Makah) or Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) maker
  • stylized bird sculpture, 1900–1926
  • Where object was made: Neah Bay, Washington, United States
  • whale bone, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 18 x 14 x 32 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 7 1/16 x 5 1/2 x 12 5/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5530

A bird shaped sculpture that may be used for a headdress or mask, carved from the posterior portion of a whale vertebra. The large process is painted red with a black and white mouth, depicting a beak. It has black and white eyes just above the beak. The smaller bony processes above are painted with a black bird-like outline, a long open beak and a white wing on the black body. The wing has a black eye outline and pupil. The bird's back has small eyelash-like lines.