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miniature totem pole
  • Ike Hans
  • miniature totem pole, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Skidegate Mission, British Columbia, Canada
  • argillite, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 18.5 x 5 x 4.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 1/4 x 1 15/16 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2752
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The miniature black totem pole depicts, from the bottom up, a seated bear eating a man, a toothed creature with flippers eating a man with a fish-like tail (possibly a whale), and an eagle or hawk on the top.