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U001.11.814
Artist / Maker : Vickers, Roy Henry
Title : Tshimshian Halibut and Octopus Red Cedar House Post
Date (Execution) : 1982
Geographical Origin : British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Haida, Heiltsuk, Tsimshian, English
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Red cedar; oil; wax
Support / Technique : carved; painted
Object Type : carvings (visual works); posts (structural elements)
Visual Description : This is a carving of an octopus and a fish. The fish, a halibut, has its tail at the top and its head at the base of the post. Only one side of the halibut is carved, as the backside is flat against the backing of the post. Only the tail and the face are detailed. Above the fish is a carving of a large octopus. The head of the octopus is in line with the tail and its tentacles are wrapped around the mid-section of the halibut. There are many Tsimshian legends in which Octopus and Halibut are main characters.
Accession # : U001.11.814
Width (cm) : 82.50
Height (cm) : 307.50
Depth (cm) : 45.00
Mandatory Credit : Gift of the Estate of Michael C. Williams
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