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The Steven Michaan Collection of North American Tribal Art : The Art of the Spirit World : Actic
Harpoon Flint Container
Wood, Brass, Cord & Trade Bead, 8 ½” Length, c.1900
Inuit Harpoon Flint Container
Inuit Harpoon Flint Container

A masterpiece of form and function, this wood and copper box represents an almost watertight, airtight construction that both holds the materials used to catch a fish while simultaneously praising and evoking the fish itself.

The face of the fish is expertly worked in thin copper sheets that serve to create an almost abstract, but instantly recognizable likeness. The two eyes on the top of the head are anatomically correct for a Halibut and speak volumes to the observational powers of the artist who created the piece.

Exhibited: Jackson Pollock et le Chamanisme
Pinacothèque de Paris, 2008