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Spirit Figure

MEDIUM Plant matter, teeth, glass beads, white seeds, cord, pig and opossum bones, shells, keena shell, woven net
DATES 20th century
DIMENSIONS 20 x 8 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (50.8 x 22.2 x 22.2 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.73.1
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Spirit Figure, 20th century. Plant matter, teeth, glass beads, white seeds, cord, pig and opossum bones, shells, keena shell, woven net, 20 x 8 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (50.8 x 22.2 x 22.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection, 1992.73.1. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 1992.73.1_transpc002.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Standing figure made of peat moss. Arms at sides extending down towards hips. Features fashioned out of moss: large ears project at sides; broad irregular nose; gaping open mouth. Features inserted into and added to surface: series of top and bottom row teeth; strings of glass beads and white seeds around neck; cord with suspended elements including fragments of animal bones (pig and opossum), pieces of shell, and Keena shell pendant; black woven yet tied across waist as loin cloth. Material has spongy yet brittle texture which gives form abstracted and abbreviated contours. Color: brown. Condition: Fragile, expected due to the nature of the material.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (78%)
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