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miniature canoe
  • Haida peoples
  • miniature canoe, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States or British Columbia, Cana
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 13 x 13 x 62 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 24 3/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6145

The small wooden canoe has one end raised above the waterline, the other end is angled. There are three dowels (originally four) across the interior. It is a light natural wood color. It has a black painted edge and red at the very ends. The sides are painted with formline desings. There is a black ovoid eye at either end with a black pupil and light blue fill, a black 'U" shape at the end of the eye may be a snout, and there is red detail below. The fins behind the eye have a red ovoid and two red "U" forms with light blue and black detail.