Whale Design House Board, 19th century

  • Kwakiutl, Native American

Paint on hewn cedar plank

  • Overall: 24 × 18 feet 9 7/8 inches × 1 inches (61 cm × 5 m 73.7 cm × 2.5 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, William H. Murphy Fund

57.60

On View

  • Native American, Level 1, South

Department

Indigenous Americas

ca. 1893, collected by George Hunt, a Kwakiutl, for the Chicago World's Fair of 1893

ca. 1894, presented to the Field Museum (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

sold or traded to the Denver Art Museum (Denver Colorado, USA). (Carlebach Gallery, New York, New York, USA, no. 22963)

1957-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Yakutat South Indian Art of the Northwest Coast. Exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, 1964, pp. 44-45, no. 90 (ill.) (misidentified as 56.70).

Kwakiutl, Native American, Whale Design House Board, 19th century, paint on hewn cedar plank. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, William H. Murphy Fund, 57.60.