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wooden bench carved with formline designs
  • Northwest Coast peoples
  • wooden bench carved with formline designs, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or Canada
  • wood, paint, varnish, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 97.5 x 192 x 54 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 38 3/8 x 75 9/16 x 21 1/4 in
  • Gift of Dr. Curt Von Wedel
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2788

The wooden bench has six legs, an arched back, and arms.

On the back there is a beaver in the center. The facing left has a large bird with wings spread with an orca in one claw and a lizard-like creature in the other. The facing left arm has a boat with two humans, one spearing a seal and a bird flying overhead. The facing right back has a whale in a rectangle flanked by two human figures with whales on their shirts and lizard-like headdresses. There is a face between the lizards' mouths. The facing right arm has a lizard-like creature. The back and arms are topped with a continuous black border with red rectangles.

The front legs are decorated with possibly bear-like figures on the outside legs and the center leg is a bird-like creature on the head of another. The back three legs are undecorated.

The designs are painted in red, green, yellow and black.