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Description

Rectangular carved frontlet with bird in relief; abalone inlay along both sides and across top, and used for accents on animal features. Bird face with crooked beak going into lower lip. Below the face are red human-like arms and hands with palms out, fingers upwar, with abalone on each palm. The bird's mouth is open, showing a row of abalone teeth behind wooden incisors and red painted lips. The eyes are circles of abalone, under arched black brows. A carved whale is below with its tail fin at the center and pectoral fins at sides with abalone inlay. Painted red, green-blue, and black. The rear of the frontlet is concave. Illegible hand writing on back surface.

Narrative

Displayed in the "Box of Daylight" exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum in 1983. Previously part of the Ziff family collection.

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