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$ 195,000

Tsimshian Tribe Totem Pole

Origin United States
Period 19th Century
Materials carved western red cedar
H. 106 in;
H. 269.24 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1880
Description From the Pacific northwest.

The symbols used on Tsimshian totem poles depict clan affiliations and symbols of other important animals to their tribe. Often they were commissioned to document stories and histories of a particular family. From the top the totem depicts:

Bear cub crouched over a sea bear (forelegs, pectoral fins, whale like tale)
Raven holding the sun or moon
Bear holding a bear cub.

Provenance: Bequeathed to the Boca Raton Museum of Art, 1994; consigned to Concept Art Gallery auction, Pittsburgh April, 2018.
Styles / Movements American Indian, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 311905
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