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/Depth: 28.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 1/4 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5669

The small totem pole has three figures on a square base. The top figure is an animal with small ears. The body is painted red, and the legs are hinted at in the bent lines.

The middle form is a bird. He has black eyebrows and a black beak and his body is covered wth black spots, though the light brown wood below is the main color.

The bottom figure is a face with circular eyes and a large oval mouth with red lips, revealing even teeth. The base is brown on the front, the bark of the tree is intact on that side.