Haida, Attributed to Simeon Stilthda
Arts of the Americas
On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
Wood, abalone shell, pigment
7 x 5 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (17.8 x 14.6 x 5.7 cm) (show scale)
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Haida. Crest Frontlet, 1850-1875. Wood, abalone shell, pigment, 7 x 5 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (17.8 x 14.6 x 5.7 cm). Anonymous loan, L52.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, L52.3_SL1.jpg)
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Carved crest frontlet of red cedar with black and red paint applied to features. Crest design is totemic in nature. Design suggests the legend of the raven and the whale. At the top of the crest is a bird (raven possibly), with a haliotis-rayed sun-like background, emerging from or being swallowed by a whale. At the bottom is the head of a human being (or spirit possibly).
Condition: very good.
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