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A magnificent Haida copper painted with complex symmetric design elements | Donald Ellis Gallery


Haida or Tsimshian
Northern British Columbia

ca. 1860-80

sheet copper, paint

height: 28 ¼"
width: 19 ⅛"

Inventory # N4352



Truman Cummings Collection Sold at auction in July, 1976 Acquired by the vendor at the Quivira Shop, Santa Fe, NM circa 1981


Donald Ellis Gallery, 2019, This copper is likely by the same hand as the copper currently on offer (N4352)

Eugene and Claire Thaw Collection, New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, NY, Cat. No. T715 – See: Coe, Ralph T., Brydon, Sherry, Vincent, Gilbert T. (eds.) Art of the North American Indians: The Thaw Collection. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2000, pgs. 344-345, for a Haida or Tsimshian copper collected by Surrealist Wolfgang Paalen in the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1939

Brooklyn Art Museum, Cat. No. 16.749.1 – See: Brown, Steven C. Spirits of the Water: Native Art Collected On Expeditions to Alaska and British Columbia 1774 – 1910. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2000, pg. 181

Seattle Art Museum, Cat. No. 91.1.55 – See: Brown, Steven C. The Spirit Within. New York: Rizzoli, 1995, pg. 115, pl. 42