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Unknown Artist


Standing Male Figure

Creation Date

ca. 1830 - 1850

Medium & Support

polychromed wood, hair


15 3/8 in. x 3 5/8 in. x 3 1/4 in. (39.05 cm. x 9.21 cm. x 8.26 cm.)

Credit Line

Anonymous Gift

Accession Number



Public Domain

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During the nineteenth century, tourists who traveled in North America often collected works by Native American artists. They regarded them as souvenirs and often understood little about their significance. Though some non-Natives sought to better understand these tribal nations, many saw these objects as simple curiosities or works of a “vanishing race.” Questions remain about whether this Tlingit medicine man figurine served a ritual function or was created exclusively for trade.

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