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Argillite Sea Captain Figure

Argillite Sea Captain Figure

ca. 1850

It was the Pacific Ocean that brought the first non-Natives to the Northwest Coast to map, chart and study the coast for potential commerce. This fine fellow probably represents an English or New England sea captain. Although their clothing and their ships must have seemed strange to the Haida, this artist faithfully recorded the details of the captain's cap, waistcoat, trousers and boots.
Argillite and stone
12 1/8 x 4 1/8 x 2 in. (30.8 x 10.48 x 5.08 cm)
Gift of John H. Hauberg
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Documents International: Reflections in the Mirror: A World of Identity, April 23, 1998 - June 20, 1999

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Box of Daylight, September 15, 1983 - January 8, 1984

Seattle, Washington, The Museum: Mixed Metaphors, Anne Gerber Exhibition: Fred Wilson, 1/28 - 6/13/1993
Published ReferencesThe Spirit Within: Northwest Coast Native Art from the John H. Hauberg Collection, Seattle Art Museum, 1995, pg. 150

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