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sculpture of a dorsal fin from a killer whale
  • unknown Haida maker
  • sculpture of a dorsal fin from a killer whale, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States or British Columbia, Cana
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 94 x 28 x 4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 37 x 11 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5757

Nearly rectangular piece of wood. The top is slightly smaller and rounded. The bottom is flat, but there is an angled cut from the back. Formline face carved into rectangle near the bottom on both sides. Eye is at an angle with an eyebrow above with a small knob at top center. Rounded nose sits at top of mouth, in front of eye. Lips are slightly open to reveal even teeth. Brown.