Copper currency shield by Unknown Artist

Copper currency shield from the North West coast of America.

Details

Medium:
Copper
Dimensions:
84 x 70 cm
Acquired in:
1929
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.

Provenance

Haidia chief's family, Massett, Queen Charlotte Islands.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

Entry details

50% off with National Art Pass

Daily, 10am – 5.30pm (Fri until 8.30pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

Share this article