Miniature Totem Charm
Arts of the Americas
On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
possibly late 20th century
Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky
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Miniature Totem Charm, possibly late 20th century. Bone, L 9 1/4 " W. 1 3/8". Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 80.98.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 80.98.5_bw.jpg)
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Carved bone baton. Carved by Joe Bob Winstead according to Douglas Ewing. Miniature Siberian totem pole. Label on the base says: "Record Marker, 19th century, Eskimo, E. Alaska IPK." Three fish represented as split down the middle and flattened out are carved on a piece of bone. The eyes are drilled out: deep circular groves define the fishes; fins and tails. The bone is mottled grey in color. The surface is pitted and porous but shiny as though coated. There is a hole at the top for suspension.
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