Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Tlingit maker
  • box, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States or British Columbia, Cana
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 7.5 x 10 x 23.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 2 15/16 x 3 7/8 x 9 1/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6150

The wooden rectangle has a box without a bottom or a top. Each side of the rectangle is decorated with formline designs carved into the wood. It is a natural wood color.

Both short sides are decorated with an animal head, possibly a wolf. It has an ovoid eye, a "U" form on top of the eye and another for a snout. Even teeth are visible below the snout.

One long side is decorated with a bird with an ovoid eye and three curled feathers on top of the head. There is an ovoid at the wing joint and the tail is visible just under the wing. The other long side is decorated with an animal head similar to that on the short sides. There are two ovoids behind the head with a wide "U" form below. There is a triangular wing or flipper-like shape on either side of the "U" form.