Copper currency shield from the North West coast of America.
Copper currency shield by Unknown Artist
© British Museum
- 84 x 70 cm
- Acquired in:
- Presented by:
- Anonymous through The Art Fund
On the upper portion is painted a figure of the bear in the highly conventional style of the region. The outlines are emphasised by incised lines, apparently executed at a later date. Such shields formed a very valuable unit of wealth in former times.
Haidia chief's family, Massett, Queen Charlotte Islands.