Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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miniature totem pole
  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • miniature totem pole, late 1800s–1955
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 29.5 x 7 x 4.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 5/8 x 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5667

The small totem pole has four figures. The top figure has a human-like head in brown with black detail on the eyes. There is enough of his body present for him to cross his arms, which are green. His arms sit directly on the head of the second figure, a black animal with red eyes and a snout. The black animal head is on a red field and the green lines on either side may be legs of the first figure.

The third figure is a bird with a round green body and legs and a triangular red head with black eyes. His green wings list sit to the side.

The bottom figure is a large human-like face. There is a red "U" shape with black along the top border, two black eyes and a green mouth and green around the border. The area around the face is black.

The flat back of the pole is solid green.