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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: 40.5 x 7 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 15 15/16 x 2 3/4 x 1 15/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5664

The small, roughly carved totem pole has a figure at the top with a human face, painted red, with a red and brown colored band, then a solid red band below. The middle figure is a bird with a red beak. His head and body are left brown colored, but there is a red u-shaped band under the bird's head. The figure on the bottom is an unidentified animal with a snout and pointed ears. His head is in front of a red field, but the animal itself is brown.