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miniature totem pole
  • Andrew Charlie
    active: Canada
  • miniature totem pole, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Point Grey, British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 34 x 13.5 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 3/8 x 5 5/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6134
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The small post is carved with four figures. The top figure is a bird with wings spread wide. The details are highlighted with black.

The second figure is the front portion of a lizard, emerging from a ridge on the post. His front legs are spread wide. It has faint black pigment.

The third figure is a round face with a small nose and even teeth. The details are highlighted in black.

The fourth figure is a light grey seal in profile.

It has a rectangular base. It is light brown for the first three figures and medium brown for the fourth figure and the base.