Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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animal figure
  • Native Arctic peoples
  • animal figure, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or Canada
  • wood, animal skin, seeds, gum resin, string, wire, seeds, feathers
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 4 3/4 x 2 15/16 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5864

Brown wooden base with the skin of an animal head on top. The animal is grey with darker fur on top and back. The skin is secured to the wooden base with resin at the bottom edge of the skin. Red seeds are sewn in the eyes. Small vertical stick closes the mouth and is wrapped with string. String "earrings" on either side of the animal with a portion of a dark brown seed with short orange feathers inside and a white seed above. There is a string of wire around the figure, near the resin line at the bottom of the fur, that secures a variety of seeds or beans in red, grey and brown.