Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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miniature totem pole
  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • miniature totem pole, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: United States or Canada
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 30 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5671

The small totem pole has three figures. The top figure is a human-like face with a green forehead and nose. The rest of the face is yellow, with white and red eyes and white and red lips. The head is on a black body with green arms.

The middle figure is a green frog, seen from above. He has yellow eyes and yellow dots down his back and around the perimeter of his body. There are smaller dots on his legs.

The bottom figure is an animal, possibly a bear. He has a pointed face with white and red eyes. His arms are overlapped on his belly and his hind legs are bent in front of him. He has yellow claws on his front paws.