NA-2825- A NORTHWEST COAST CARVED AND PAINTED MODEL CANOE WITH PADDLE, DEPICTING RAVENS
TLINGIT TRIBE, YAKUTAT BAY, ALASKA
Circa 3rd to 4th Quarter of the 19th Century
Length: 23-1/2 inches (60 cm.)
PROVENANCE: The Lummi Island Trading Company, Washougal, Washington.
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painted with native and trade pigments: blue, red, and black, depicting stylized
ravens on each side of the bow and the stern.
The superb carving is deep, and the gunwales are thin and smooth from each peaked end to end. The blue pigment is very rare in 19th Century
canoes, and is probably a trade bluing acquired from the Hudson Bay Trading Company. A few tiny chips exist along the thin edges of the gunwales,
and the seats on the interior are now missing, but this canoe is in overall excellent condition.