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U990.14.1020
Artist / Maker : Livingston, John
Title : Tsimshian Box Study, Killer Whale Design
Date (Execution) : 1988
Geographical Origin : Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Black, red and white box design with front perspective of a face in top centre and profiles throughout the rest of the image. Two black hands, palm out, in the centre. Red border surrounding the composition.
Accession # : U990.14.1020
Width (cm) : 67.50
Height (cm) : 51.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "This print is a study of an old Tsimshian bent box. The box was collected from the Skeena River area in 1893 for Franz Boas and is now on display at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. 'Only a master carver, with absolute confidence would attempt and pull off such a radically different approach. The box design is very usual in that the face of the killer whale is split facing outward. The human form in the top centre represents the blowhole of the whale. The original is fully carved and was possibly painted three colours. Much of the secondary carving does not reproduce in two dimensional design, so this is where my artistic interpretations come into play.'"