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, painted
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 45.5 x 8.5 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 7/8 x 3 3/8 x 3 1/2 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6130

The very small totem pole has five figures. The top figure is a yellow whale with red spots. His mouth is open revealing sharp teeth. There is a light blue oval at the front of the fins and the bottom of the dorsal fins. The light blue tail is outlined with black.

The second figure is a yellow bird with a black beak. There is a red oval at the top of the wings with black and light blue stripes. It has a light blue and black striped tail.

The third figure is also a bird. It has a green head with round red eyes and a narrower black beak. The wings have a red oval at the top with black and light blue stripes below. It has a light blue and black striped tail.

The fourth figure is a green frog, directed downward. He has a red belly and red detail on his light blue eyes.

The bottom figure is an animal head with a long snout and even teeth. It has light blue eyes and red marks on the cheeks.