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A lidded bentwood chest masterfully carved with symmetric design | Donald Ellis Gallery

Bent Corner Chest

Haida or Tsimshian
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

ca. 1850

wood, paint

height: 27"
width: 40" at lid: 41 ½"
depth: 23 ¾""

Inventory # N1100

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acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA


PROVENANCE

Acquired from Mrs. Dan, Musqueam Reservation, Vancouver, British Columbia. Mrs. Dan acquired the chest from her deceased husband, whose family had migrated from the North several generations earlier.
Uno Langman, Vancouver, BC

PUBLISHED

Donald Ellis Gallery catalogue, 1996, pl. 2

RELATED EXAMPLES

The Provincial Museum, Victoria, BC, 31295 - See: The Legacy, Tradition and Innovation in Northwest Coast Indian Art, Macnair 1984, pg. 148, for an example collected from "Chief Edensaw"

Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia A9416, "carved by Charles Edenshaw" - See: Indian Masterpieces from the Walter and Marianne Koerner Collection, 1975, fig. 7

The Portland Art Museum 48.3.500a&b, see: The Native American Heritage, Maurer 1977, pl. 462, also Art in the Life of the Northwest Coast Indian, Gunther 1966, pg. 17