Model Totem Poles: Tradition and Transformation

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September 01, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET

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Lot 7

ARTHUR SHAUGHNESSY (HEMASILAKW) (1935-1940), Kwakwaka'wakw

ARTHUR SHAUGHNESSY (HEMASILAKW) (1935-1940), Kwakwaka'wakw
Lot 7 Details
ARTHUR SHAUGHNESSY (HEMASILAKW) (1935-1940), Kwakwaka'wakw


cedar wood, pigments, steel nails
17 x 9.5 x 3.5 in — 55.2 x 33 x 14 cm

Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Realised: $2,160
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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ARTHUR SHAUGHNESSY (HEMASILAKW) (1935-1940), Kwakwaka'wakw
  • ARTHUR SHAUGHNESSY (HEMASILAKW) (1935-1940), Kwakwaka'wakw
  • ARTHUR SHAUGHNESSY (HEMASILAKW) (1935-1940), Kwakwaka'wakw
  • ARTHUR SHAUGHNESSY (HEMASILAKW) (1935-1940), Kwakwaka'wakw
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Private collection, Ontario


Related Works:
Hall, Michael D., Pat Glascock, Carvings and Commerce: Model Totem Poles 1880-2010, (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011), p. 113, pl. 84.


Minor checking to right side of figures, typical fading of pigments, overall very good condition.

Please contact the specialist for further condition information.


About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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