Figure of a Standing Female Used in a Potlatch
Arts of the Americas
late 19th-early 20th century
44 x 12 x 9 in. (111.8 x 30.5 x 22.9 cm) (show scale)
Brooklyn Museum Collection
Wooden standing female figure. This figure lacks arms as well as the lower portion of its legs. Black beads are used to represent pupils. Its facial features are clearly delineated. Its head is flat. No distinction is made between the skirt and the torso. Old photographs show similar figures at potlatches (giveaways) clothed in blankets.
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Gwa'sala Kwakwaka'wakw. Figure of a Standing Female Used in a Potlatch, late 19th-early 20th century. Wood, beads, 44 x 12 x 9 in. (111.8 x 30.5 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X726. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, x726_bw.jpg)
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