Chest - ROM2005_5622_1

ROM2005_5622_1

Chest

Maker: Tlingit or Nisga’a
Medium:Cedar
Geography: Collected at Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada
Date: 19th century
Dimensions:
55.5 x 88.5 x 54 cm
Object number: NS27847
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionThe double-eyed carved images on both the front and back sides represent the whale eating sea monster Gonakadet, Chief of Wealth. Wealth in the form of salmon and marine mammals is controlled by Gonakadet. The image of Gonakadet is a metaphor for the valued objects stored within the chest, such as ceremonial regalia, blankets, and coppers.
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