WHALES: GIANTS OF THE DEEP

 
BASKET, TWINED
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 16.1/ 2581
Culture: TLINGIT
Locale: AK
Region: NORTHWEST COAST
Country: USA
Material: PLANT FIBER, PIGMENT
Dimensions: D:24.5 H:19.5 (in CM)
Subject: KILLER WHALES AND EAGLES
Acquisition Year: 1963 [GIFT]
Donor: NATIONAL SOCIETY D.A.R.
Collector: GREENE, AUGUSTA, MRS.
Keywords: BASKET
Category: CONTAINERS
 
BASKET, TWINED, KILLER WHALE
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 16.1/ 2592
Culture: TLINGIT
Locale: AK
Region: NORTHWEST COAST
Country: USA
Material: PLANT FIBER
Dimensions: H:13.2 D:17.5 (in CM)
Subject: KILLER WHALE
Acquisition Year: 1963 [GIFT]
Donor: NATIONAL SOCIETY D.A.R
Keywords: BASKET
Category: CONTAINERS

Exhibition Label: This basket made by a Tlingit artist of the southern Alaskan coast is decorated with killer whales, which are the area’s largest predators and play an important role in local Native culture. The Tlingit traditionally used baskets to carry berries. Later on, many baskets much like this were made to sell to tourists.
 
BONE CARVING (WHALE HEAD)
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 60 / 1219
Culture: ESKIMO, WEST ALASKA
Locale: AK, PORT CLARENCE
Region: NORTHWEST COAST
Country: USA
Material: BONE, BEADS, STONE
Dimensions: L:23.5 W:11.5 H:8.5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1899 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: BRUCE, MINER W., CAPT.
Keywords: CARVING

Exhibition Label: Native people of northern Alaska traditionally hunt bowheads, which migrate through the Bering Strait in spring. This bone carving honors the spirit of these magnificent baleen whales.
 
BOTTLE, DOUBLE-SPOUTED
SOUTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 41.2/ 7979
Culture: NASCA, EARLY
Country: PERU
Material: CERAMIC
Dimensions: L:35.8,H:15.8 (in CM)
Technique: SLIP
Acquisition Year: 1985 [GIFT]
Donor: LANDMANN, FREDERICK
Keywords: DOUBLE SPOUT BOTTLE, EFFIGY BOTTLE
Category: CONTAINERS

Exhibition Label: In South America, the Nasca people of southern Peru depicted many creatures in their pottery, including a mythical being based on the killer whale. This killer whale has humanlike hands. Its body was used as a container, perhaps for alcoholic drinks.

This object was also exhibited at:
• MYTHIC CREATURES: DRAGONS, UNICORNS & MERMAIDS (AMNH, NEW YORK, NY, May 2007)
 
CARVING, KILLER WHALE
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 16.1/ 2499
Locale: NORTHWEST COAST
Country: USA?, CANADA?
Material: STONE
Dimensions: L:14.5 W:9 H:4 (in CM)
Subject: KILLER WHALE
Acquisition Year: 1949 [PURCHASE]
Donor: BREEN, DANIEL F.
Keywords: CARVING
 
CARVING, WHALE
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 16 / 571 A
Culture: HAIDA
Locale: BC
Country: CANADA
Material: WOOD, PIGMENT, ABALONE
Dimensions: L:51 W:8.5 H:7.2 (in CM)
Subject: WHALE
Acquisition Year: 1869-1890 [GIFT]
Donor: BISHOP, HEBER R.
Keywords: CARVING
 
CARVING, WHALE
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 60 / 5683
Culture: ESKIMO
Locale: AK
Country: USA
Material: IVORY
Dimensions: L:16.7 W:2.4 H:2.2 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1906 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: COMER, GEORGE, CAPT.
Keywords: CARVING

Exhibition Label: Narwhals are odontocetes, or toothed whales, that make their home under the Arctic ice. A male narwhal usually has one long tusk, which protrudes from its left upper jaw and spirals to the left. In rare cases a tooth on the right upper jaw forms a second tusk, as shown in this delicate ivory figure.
 
CARVING, WHALE, SOAPSTONE
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 60 / 2845
Culture: ESKIMO, IGLULIK, AIVILIK
Country: CANADA
Material: STONE
Dimensions: L:41.5 W:12.5 H:10 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1899
Donor: COMER, GEORGE, CAPT.
Keywords: CARVING

Exhibition Label: In the 1800s, the Aivilik, whaling people who traditionally lived north of Hudson Bay, began working with New England sailors who whaled in the Arctic. The Aivilik sometimes attached carved whales to their umiaks, or whale-hunting boats, to appease and attract these massive animals. This carving of a bowhead whale might have been a hunting charm, or a sculpture created for sale.

This object was also exhibited at:
• FROZEN IN: CAPTAIN COMER AND THE HUDSON BAY INUIT (MYSTIC SEAPORT, MYSTIC, CT, June 2008 - April 2009)
 
ENGRAVED TUSK
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 60.1/ 8330
Culture: ESKIMO
Locale: AK
Country: USA
Material: IVORY (WALRUS), PIGMENT
Dimensions: L:64 W:6 H:3.5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1940 [GIFT]
Donor: TOWNSEND, CHARLES H., DR.
Keywords: ENGRAVED TUSK

Exhibition Label: For many centuries, the Inuit of western Alaska etched pictures of whales and other animals into bone and ivory tools. After foreigners came to the region, Inuit artists began engraving walrus tusks for sale as souvenirs. This tusk is decorated with images of boats, buildings, animals and people in action, including Inuit hunters harpooning whales.
 
FEAST DISH
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 16 / 8527 A
Culture: KWAKWAKA'WAKW, GWAAENOX
Locale: BC, GWA'WAENOX
Country: CANADA
Material: WOOD, PIGMENT (PAINT)
Dimensions: L:76.7 W:32.3 H:25.8 (in CM)
Technique: CARVED, PAINTED
Subject: KILLER WHALE AND HUMAN FIGURE
Acquisition Year: 1901
Donor: HUNT, GEORGE
Keywords: DISH, FEAST DISH
Categories: CONTAINERS, EQUIPMENT

Exhibition Label: This carved dish represents Siwidi, a hero of the Kwakwaka'wakw people of British Columbia. On one of his adventures, Siwidi travels undersea in a canoe transformed into a killer whale. This dish once held fish oil, and a small tube inside it could spout during ceremonies, just as a whale sprays through its specialized "nostrils" - the blowhole on top of its head.

This object was also exhibited at:
• OBJECTS OF EXCHANGE: SOCIAL AND MATERIAL TRANSFORMATION (BARD GRADUATE CENTER/AMNH NORTHWEST COAST STUDY GALLERY, NEW YORK, NY, January 2011 - April 2011)
• CHIEFLY FEASTS: THE ENDURING KWAKIUTL POTLATCH (AMNH, NEW YORK, NY, October 1991 - February 1992)
• OBJECTS OF BRIGHT PRIDE (AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS, NEW YORK, NY, May 1978 - February 1979)
 
FEAST DISH PART
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 16 / 8527 B
Culture: KWAKWAKA'WAKW, GWAAENOX
Locale: BC, GWA'WAENOX
Country: CANADA
Material: WOOD, PIGMENT (PAINT)
Dimensions: L:12.5 W:10.5 H:41 (in CM)
Technique: CARVED, PAINTED
Subject: FIN FOR KILLER WHALE WITH ANTHROPOMORPHIC FACE
Acquisition Year: 1901
Donor: HUNT, GEORGE
Keywords: DISH FRAGMENT, FEAST DISH FRAGMENT
Category: CONTAINERS

This object was also exhibited at:
• OBJECTS OF EXCHANGE: SOCIAL AND MATERIAL TRANSFORMATION (BARD GRADUATE CENTER/AMNH NORTHWEST COAST STUDY GALLERY, NEW YORK, NY, January 2011 - April 2011)
• CHIEFLY FEASTS: THE ENDURING KWAKIUTL POTLATCH (AMNH, NEW YORK, NY, October 1991 - February 1992)
• OBJECTS OF BRIGHT PRIDE (AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS, NEW YORK, NY, May 1978 - February 1979)
 
HELMET
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 60.1/ 3773
Culture: ESKIMO, WEST ALASKA
Locale: AK
Region: NORTHWEST COAST
Country: USA
Material: WOOD, PIGMENT, FEATHERS, HIDE, BONE/IVORY
Acquisition Year: 1914 [GIFT]
Donor: ANONYMOUS
Keywords: HUNTING HAT, HUNTING HELMET
Category: COSTUME

Exhibition Label: Animals from the land and sea, including whales, decorate this Inuit hunting hat, used at sea to shade the eyes and enhance a hunter’s vision and power. Look for the killer whale painted on the back rim. Some stylized images may be mythical, combining the features of several creatures, including dolphins and baleen whales.
 
MASK, KILLER WHALE
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 16 / 4812
Culture: KWAKWAKA'WAKW, KOSKIMO
Locale: BC, KOSKIMO
Country: CANADA
Material: WOOD, PIGMENT, CORD, METAL
Dimensions: L:62.5 W:21 H:24 (in CM)
Subject: KILLER WHALE
Acquisition Year: 1899
Donor: HUNT, GEORGE
Keywords: MASK
Category: COSTUME

Exhibition Label: The killer whale plays an important part in stories and ceremonies of the Kwakwaka'wakw, a Native people of Vancouver Island and other coastal islands of British Columbia. A child might have worn this mask in a dance performance, crouching beneath it and bobbing so that the whale seemed to float on the waves.
 
PIPE, WHALE
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: T/22580
Culture: TLINGIT, SITKA
Locale: AK, SITKA BOROUGH, BARANOF ISLAND, SITKA
Region: NORTHWEST COAST
Country: USA
Material: WOOD, METAL
Dimensions: L:17.5 W:14 H:5.3 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1891-1893 [PURCHASE]
Donor: TERRY, JAMES
Keywords: PIPE
Category: EQUIPMENT

Exhibition Label: Many Native stories from the Northwest Coast of North America tell of human encounters with killer whales - large, toothed whales in the dolphin family. In the carving on this tobacco pipe, a human figure carries a killer whale.
 
SPOON, KILLER WHALE
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: E/ 2443
Culture: TLINGIT, SITKA?
Locale: AK, SITKA BOROUGH, BARANOF ISLAND, SITKA
Region: NORTHWEST COAST
Country: USA
Material: METAL (SILVER)
Dimensions: L:12.9 W:2.5 H:.5 (in CM)
Subject: KILLER WHALE
Acquisition Year: 1894 [PURCHASE]
Donor: EMMONS, GEORGE T., LT.
Keywords: SPOON
Category: EQUIPMENT

Exhibition Label: Families in the Tlingit tribe of Alaska and northwestern Canada trace their ancestry to powerful figures in the animal kingdom, including the imposing killer whale. Over the centuries, the Tlingit have portrayed symbolic animals on totem poles, masks, the walls of houses and household objects, including items for sale to tourists, like this silver spoon.
 
TOY, KILLER WHALE, BEADED
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 16.1/ 285
Culture: TLINGIT
Locale: AK
Region: NORTHWEST COAST
Country: USA
Material: BEAD, WOOD, THREAD
Dimensions: L:14.5 W:5 H:4.5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1905 [GIFT]
Donor: LEWISOHN, ADOLPH
Collector: LEVY, LOUIS
Keywords: TOY
Category: RECREATIONAL ARTIFACTS

Exhibition Label: In the Native art of coastal British Columbia and southeast Alaska, the killer whale can represent a family's clan, a story or a link with the supernatural. Native artists have recreated this powerful animal from many materials, including wood, twine, metal and stone. This unusual beaded killer whale may have been sold as a souvenir.

This object was also exhibited at:
• OBJECTS OF EXCHANGE: SOCIAL AND MATERIAL TRANSFORMATION (BARD GRADUATE CENTER/AMNH NORTHWEST COAST STUDY GALLERY, NEW YORK, NY, January 2011 - April 2011)
 
TRUMPET
SOUTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 41.2/ 5800
Culture: NASCA
Country: PERU
Period: NAZCA, PHASE III-IV
Material: CERAMIC
Dimensions: L:44.5,W:10.9 (in CM)
Technique: SLIP
Acquisition Year: 1965 [PURCHASE]
Donor: STROUTH, PENELOPE
Keywords: TRUMPET
Category: SOUND DEVICES

Exhibition Label: More than 1,300 years ago in South America, before the rise of the Inca Empire, a people known as the Nasca lived in southern Peru. They decorated their pottery with colorful and elaborate figures, including dangerous-looking killer whales. On this ceramic trumpet, a killer whale with a humanlike hand carries a severed head - a symbol of military power.

This object was also exhibited at:
• MYTHIC CREATURES: DRAGONS, UNICORNS & MERMAIDS (AMNH, NEW YORK, NY, May 2007)
 
WOODEN BOX (WHALE)
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 60 / 1285
Culture: ESKIMO, WEST ALASKA
Locale: AK, PORT CLARENCE
Region: ARCTIC COAST
Country: USA
Material: WOOD, BEADS, METAL (PYRITE?)
Dimensions: L:26.5 W:9 H:6.5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1899 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: BRUCE, MINER W., CAPT.
Keywords: BOX
Category: CONTAINERS
 
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