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Crest Frontlet

Haida, Attributed to Simeon Stilthda

Arts of the Americas

On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
CULTURE Haida
MEDIUM Wood, abalone shell, pigment
DATES 1850-1875
DIMENSIONS 7 x 5 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (17.8 x 14.6 x 5.7 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER L52.3
CREDIT LINE Anonymous loan
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, L52.3_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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Haida. <em>Crest Frontlet</em>, 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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