"A Conical Shaped Headed Indian," Nuu-chah-nulth - ROM2009_11209_71

ROM2009_11209_71

"A Conical Shaped Headed Indian," Nuu-chah-nulth

Maker: Paul Kane (1810 Mallow, Ireland–1871 Toronto, Canada)
Medium:Oil on canvas
Geography: Northwest coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Date: 1849-1856
Dimensions:
63.5 x 50.9 cm
Object number: 912.1.98
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Edmund Osler
Not on view
Description"Those inhabiting the north part of the island have their heads compressed into a conical shape during infancy. This is done by means of a bandage, which is wound round the forehead, and gradually tightened, until the head becomes of the required shape." (Paul Kane, "Wanderings of an Artist," 1859:241)
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