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Pattern board

Pattern board


Designed and painted by men, the pattern board represents half of the overall symmetrical design and serves as the blueprint for the women weavers. Several robes with only slight variations would be produced from a single pattern board, as they were traditionally passed down from one generation of weavers to the next.
Spruce wood, pigment, and paint
20 7/8 x 37 3/8 in. (53.02 x 94.93 cm)
Gift of John H. Hauberg
Provenance: John H. Hauberg, Seattle, Washington, until 1985; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryBellingham, Washington, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Arts of a Vanished Era, June 12 - Oct. 31, 1968.

Hamburg, Germany, Hamburgisches Museum fur Volkerkunde und Christians Verlag, Donnervogel Und Raubwal, 1979.

Seattle Art Museum, Northwest Coast Indian Art: Selections from the Hauberg Collection, Aug. 22, 1985 - Mar. 16,1986.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas: Carpe Fin, Nov. 1, 2019 - Nov. 1, 2020.
Published References"The Spirit Within: Northwest Coast Native Art from the John H. Hauberg Collection". Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1995, pg. 60

"Selected Works." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1991, pp. 80-81

Holm, Bill, Box of Daylight: Northwest Coast Indian Art, Seattle Art Museum, University of Washington Press, 1983, p. 60

Haberland, Wolfgang, Donnervogel und Raubwal, Hamburgisches Museum fur Volkerkundle und Christians Verlag, Hamburg, 1979, p. 68, A-29, illus.

Whatcom Museum of Hostory and Art, Arts of a Vanished Era, Bellingham, Washington, 1968, p.26

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