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/Length: 26.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 3/8 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5668

The small wooden totem pole has seven figures. The top two figures, when seen from the side, appear to be animals (possibly seals) facing each other. The top figure is yellow and the second is black. The next three figures, when viewed from the side, appear to be two birds with a fish between them. The top bird is yellow, the bottom bird is black and the fish between is green and yellow.

The figure second from the bottom is a bear's head, in black, with round ears and a snout. The bottom figure is a green bird. His head is in front of his body, as if he has ducked his head.

The pole itself is yellow and the back is red.