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Female figure

Female figure

Palm ribs are pegged together to create each of these figures. Pigments delineate the wide open eyes of the man and the demure downcast eyes of the woman. As guardians of shrine materials, such pairs had a short lifespan out in the elements-they were suspended from the platform of a shrine and kept in motion by a passing breeze.
Pith, pigment
7 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (19.7 x 16.5 x 6.4 cm)
Gift of Katherine White and the Boeing Company
81.17.714.1
location
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.