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Model Totem Pole

Attributed to John Cross (b. 1867 d. 1939)
Haida
Queen Charlotte Islands, BC

late 19th/early 20th century

wood, paint
height: 29"

Inventory # N3691

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PROVENANCE

Collected by the anthropologist Marius Barbeau (b.1883  d. 1969) at Prince Rupert British Columbia in 1915 from a second hand dealer Pilipson who had obtained it directly from the Haida

A translated transcription of Barbeau’s notes reads:

“Small totem, carved and painted (about 25” in height) representing Gunas or The Strong Man who holds between his arms a whale, the head below, that he will tear apart. At the base of the totem, the Grizzly with a frog in his mouth. Purchased at Prince Rupert, BC, in 1915, from the second hand dealer Philipson, who had obtained it in his dealings with the savages, from a Haida. One of the best examples of its kind."                                        

Harold Groves Collection, Toronto, ON

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