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Object #25.0/275
Object nameFigural Group, Argillite
Culture of OriginHaida
DimensionsH: 14.8 cm, L: 11.5 cm, W: 5.3 cm
Exhibit LabelIn the last quarter of the nineteenth century, carvers began to produce compact sculptural groups of figures of animals and men. Some of them are very complex, with many figures crowded together in contorted positions. Incidents from myths were often depicted. This group has the bear as its main figure, holding a man in its jaws and a cub on its lap. The meaning of the various figures is not clear, but it is likely that the group illustrates incidents from the "Bear Mother" myth. (Holm, Crooked Beak of Heaven, 1972)
SourceMrs. Anne Gerber

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