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Guardian of the Sea

Preston Singletary

Arts of the Americas

On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
This work embodies the enduring heritage of Northwest Coast art, as well as the connection between tradition and ongoing artistic innovation. Here Tlingit artist Preston Singletary combines classic Northwest Coast design elements with the hereditary crest figure of the killer whale in the nontraditional medium of glass.
MEDIUM Glass
DATES 2004
DIMENSIONS 18 x 6 x 18 in. (45.7 x 15.2 x 45.7 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 2004.2
CREDIT LINE Gift of Fairfield-Maxwell, Ltd., by exchange
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Preston Singletary
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CAPTION Preston Singletary (Tlingit, Native American, born 1963). Guardian of the Sea, 2004. Glass, 18 x 6 x 18 in. (45.7 x 15.2 x 45.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Fairfield-Maxwell, Ltd., by exchange , 2004.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2004.2_Russell_Johnson_photo_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE 3/4, 2004.2_Russell_Johnson_photo_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This sculpture of blown and sand-carved glass is red and black, the two signature colors for Northwest Coast art. It represents a killer whale, one of the crest designs of Tlingit artist Preston Singletary. It is made using traditional form-line designs with black forming the positive, primary spaces and red forming the negative, secondary spaces. The whale is arched, with flippers and tail fins down and dorsal fin up. It is in excellent condition.
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Preston Singletary (Tlingit, Native American, born 1963). <em>Guardian of the Sea</em>, 2004. Glass, 18 x 6 x 18 in. (45.7 x 15.2 x 45.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Fairfield-Maxwell, Ltd., by exchange

, 2004.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2004.2_Russell_Johnson_photo_SL3.jpg)