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Artist

Unknown Artist

Title

Standing Male Figure

Creation Date

ca. 1830 - 1850

Century

mid-19th century

Dimensions

15 3/8 in. x 3 5/8 in. x 3 1/4 in. (39.05 cm. x 9.21 cm. x 8.26 cm.)

Object Type

sculpture

Creation Place

North America, United States, Northwest Coast

Medium and Support

polychromed wood, hair

Credit Line

Anonymous Gift

Copyright

Public Domain

Accession Number

1850.5
During the nineteenth century, tourists who traveled in North America often collected works by Native American artists. They regarded them as souvenirs and often understood little about their significance. Though some non-Natives sought to better understand these tribal nations, many saw these objects as simple curiosities or works of a “vanishing race.” Questions remain about whether this Tlingit medicine man figurine served a ritual function or was created exclusively for trade.

Additional Media

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Left side
Additional Image right side
right side

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