Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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snake figure
  • unknown Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) maker
  • snake figure, late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 55 x 13 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 21 5/8 x 5 1/8 x 1 15/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5665

The wooden carving of a snake has a head that is bent to the proper right. It has a raised nose and carved eyes with black detail. The slightly open mouth reveals the tongue. Most of the snake is black, except for the face and a wide band just behind the neck. There are also some notches cut along the top of the tail end. All of the areas not painted black are left the light natural color of the wood.