3 7/8 x 5 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (9.8 x 13.7 x 19.1 cm)
Unknown, possibly Inuit
Medium and Support:
Bequest of Isabel C. Herdle
Location: Not currently on view
This unsigned and undated bird came from the estate of Isabel C. Herdle (1904–2004), Curator Emeritus of the Memorial Art Gallery. Judging from the size, it may have been carved out of whalebone, a material widely used by Native American and First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest. MAG received several Inuit artworks from Miss Herdle’s estate.
[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]