Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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miniature totem pole
  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • miniature totem pole, late 1900s–1994
  • Where object was made: British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 x 6.5 x 4.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 11/16 x 2 9/16 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6992

The top figure in the small totem pole is a bird with a green head and red lips on its downturned beak. The brown wings with red and white detail are spread wide. The next figures appear to be mammals with large white eyes and red, green, and black details on the faces. The bottom figure is another animal with green ears, smaller white eyes, and red midface. He is holding a human figure in front of his body.

Overall, the piece is mostly brown with a rectangular base.