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A KWAKIUTL POLYCHROME WOOD FRONTLET
A KWAKIUTL POLYCHROME WOOD FRONTLET

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A KWAKIUTL POLYCHROME WOOD FRONTLET
carved in high relief with red, black and blue pigments, depicting two crest figures, the first, possibly a land creature, with round eyes inlaid with abalone shell and broad mouth with slightly parted lips, the underside of its jaw painted with formline design, crosshatched details, surmounted by a hawk with similar eyes set below arching brows, with slightly parted recurved beak clasping a circular disk, rectangular and triangular abalone shell plaques inset around the figures, with side perforations for attachment
Length: 8¾ in. (22.3 cm.)
Provenance
Ex-collection: Miguel Covarrubias, Mexico City
Literature
Van Paalen, Wolfgang, DYN: The Review of Modern Art, 1943, illustrated
Post Lot Text
For a similar example from Sullivan Bay, British Columbia, see Hawthorne, 1967, p. 45, plate XI, A.
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