Important Tsimshian Carved Blanket Chest
Artist: Tsimshian Chief Giatkthon Kincolinth BC
Materials: Yellow cedar, metal hinges, Red,white, yellow and black paints.
Dimensions:29”L x 15 ¾” W x 12 ½” H
Description: A historically significant documented blanket chest made for a culturally important event between the government of Canada and the Tsimshian people. The chest is a fine work of art and features an Eagle carved onto the lid. The sides decorated with bear head designs, the front a central bear face flanked by two eye forms. The ends with a bear totem head on the corner. Inscribed on the lid “ Chief Giatkthan Kincolith BC 1952”. “ Presented to his excellency Governor General of Canada on his visit to Prince Rupert BC”. Mr Massey the Governor General at the time was a very important and significant person in Canadian history. This large chest commemorates his important visit to Tsimshian people.
Provenance: Gifted to Vincent Massey (1887-1962) Governor General of Canada. Vincent Massey – Wikipedia