Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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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/Length: 16.5 x 11.5 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6138

The small red totem pole has two stacked figures. The top figure looks like a mammal. It has small round eyes and a wide mouth with even teeth. The hands are below the bottom lip.

The bottom figure is a bird. It has small round eyes and the wings are folded closed. It has feet at the bottom.