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U014.3.85
Artist / Maker : Child, Alvin
Title : Sun Box Design
Date (Execution) : 2003
Geographical Origin : Haida Gwaii; British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Dzawad'enux (Tsawataineuk), Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : Print; serigraph
Visual Description : Bentwood box in Northwest coast formline.
Accession # : U014.3.85
Width (cm) : 51.00
Height (cm) : 53.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "This print is a study of an old bentwood box design in an American private collection. Most box designs are square or rectangular, but this design is unusual in that it is a circular layout on a rectangular background. The red scalloped border represents a sun design with a human face in the upper, inside area. The bottom section portrays and upside-down abstract bird or animal face. Many box designs are very abstract and difficult to interpret. One theory is that, because so many boxes were traded amongst other families and tribes, they were kept abstract so as to be very generic and not conflict with other families' crests."-- John Livingston