House partition

about 1850

Object

Culture

Object Info

Object: partition
Not currently on view
Object ID: 1939.140.2

Medium/Technique

Wood and paint

Credit

Purchase from Henry Moses

More Info

Dimensions

height: 67 in, 170.18 cm; width: 168 in, 426.72 cm

Department

Native Arts

Collection

Indigenous Arts of North America

Known Provenance

Purchased 1939 from Henry Moses, Hoonah, AK by the Denver Art Museum

Caption

Tlingit artist, House partition, about 1850. Wood and paint; 67 x 168 x 1 in. Denver Art Museum: Purchase from Henry Moses, 1939.140.2

Extended Info

These panels (along with 1939.140.1) illustrate the important story of how raven taught the Tlingits to fish. Painted by a master artist, the layout and execution of the profile raven figures exhibit the strict rules of the Tlingit formline style at its finest. Notice the flowing, rhythmic movement of the black lines as they alternately expand and taper from the head and the beak to the wings and the talons.