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Exceptionally carved female figure with cloth dress, hair and face paint | Donald Ellis Gallery
A carved female figure with anatomical detail, cloth skirt, hair and face paint | Donald Ellis Gallery

Female Figure

attributed to “the Jenna Cass carver”
Haida
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

early 19th century

wood, paint, cloth, hair, spruce gum

height: 19"

Inventory # N3861

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acquired by the Thomson Collection now at the Art Gallery of Ontario


PROVENANCE  

Collected in Puget Sound, WA, by Captian William Martain, in 1828
Woburn Public Library, Woburn, MA, (1923)

RELATED EXAMPLES 

For 3 figures by the same artist see:
Grimes, John, Feest, Christian, and Curran, Mary Lou. Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art From the Peabody Essex Museum.  New York: American Federation of the Arts, 2002, pgs. 134-135, pl. 48

Holm, Bill and Vaughan, Thomas. Soft Gold: The Fur Trade and Cultural Exchange on The Northwest Coast of America. Portland: Oregon Historical Society Press, 1982, pgs. 160-161, pls. 135 and 136

For a group of masks by the same artist see:
Grimes, ibid., 2002, pgs. 150-151, pl. 58