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Whale Hat

Photo: Scott Leen

Whale Hat


Preston Singletary

Native American, Tlingit, born 1963

Preston Singletary is a renowned local Indigenous glass artist who began adapting traditional Tlingit designs in glass in the early 1990s. Whale Hat is one of his first glass hats, paying tribute to the dual artistry of women who create the spruce root hats and the men who paint them with crest designs.
Height: 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Diameter at base: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Diameter at top: 17 in. (43.2 cm)
Gift of R. Bruce and Mary-Louise Colwell
Provenance: [Vetri International Glass, Seattle, Washington]; purchased from gallery by Bruce and Mary-Louise Colwell, Seattle, Washington, 1999; to Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, 2019
Photo: Scott Leen
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, INKED! Northwest Coast Silkscreen Prints from the Colwell Collection, Mar. 5 - Dec. 12, 2021.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Pacific Species, Dec. 12, 2022 - ongoing.

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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