Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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miniature totem pole
  • Northwest Coast peoples
  • miniature totem pole, late 1800s–1981
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 18.5 x 12.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 5/16 x 4 15/16 x 2 3/16 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7132

The miniature totem pole has two figures. The top figure is a rough depiction of a bird. There is a cleft on top of the head, possibly indicating two blue "horns" of an owl. There are large upside down "U" shapes for the eyes. The brown wings are spread with white detail. There is a red triangle with white detail at the feet. The bottom figure is a head with two eyes, a "V" for a nose, red lips and three black lines on either side of the lips. It has a red rectangular base.