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Indian tale
  • Gabrielle Brill
    born 1913
    born: Berlin, Germany ; active: United States
  • Indian tale, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • color etching
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 898 x 605 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 35 3/8 x 23 13/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 1055 x 750 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 41 9/16 x 29 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Security Benefit Group of Companies
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6654
Label Text

The clusters of formline designs are rendered in black, brown, and red with a light green/grey background. The shape of the image appears to be symmetrical, though the individual depictions inside the image are not symmetrical.

At the top, there is a wide portion of the image, depicting animals and birds. Cross hatching, diamonds, triangles and stylized feathers are used for fill.

At the center, there is a totem pole-like image with wings spread above a widely flaring "X" shape. The totem pole depicts a forward facing face with small ears at the top and a face in red just below the face at the top. The wings are spread on either side of the red race. The wings depict feathers and stylized animal heads. The remainder of the pole has two small heads side by side at the top and a larger bird. The red face has teeth exposed at the bottom of the pole and the center of the "X." There are feet at the bottom of the red face. The upper portion of the "X" ends in two different large animal heads with a red tongue at either side. The lower portion of the "X" ends in two different animal heads. The fill of the "X" is a series of ovoids and formlines that do not appear to depict anything specific.

At the bottom, there is a wide, boat-like shape. The animal head at either end is black with a distinctive yet similar shape. The largest figure at the center faces forward, and appears to be a woman with a red face. Three figures on either side face toward the center. Their bodies are covered with circles, diamonds, or geometric shapes.