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miniature totem pole
  • Northwest Coast peoples
  • miniature totem pole, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 78 x 18 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 30 11/16 x 7 1/16 x 7 7/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5527

The small, roughly carved wooden totem pole, is divided in five segments. The top segment is the head of an animal. It has red eyes, the recesses area around the eyes is light green and the "mask" around the eyes is light purple. His nostrils are light purple and the raised areas of the face are green. His downturned lips are red. The second segment is the animals legs and paws, in orange.

The third segment is a profile of a whale, the head on the facing right side. He is green with a large orange eye.

The fourth segment is the head of a bird, in light blue with a small beak-like prominent at the front. His eye is yellow with an orange circle around. The top of his head is light purple or grey. The bottom segment is the bird's body, with stylized orange wings with a light blue edge on the front and a wide vertical channel down the front.