About this object


Chest was a wedding gift to Ruth Evelyn Thompson (nee Dovey) and George Alexander Thompson (Alert Bay, 1934), carved by a Kwakwaka'wakw friend. The friend is presumed to be Arthur Shaughnessy based the strong similarity of this chest to two in the RBCM collection which are both solidly attributed to Shaughnessy.

Physical description

Carved cedar chest with hinged lid, dove-tailed corners. Lid has thunderbird design and border of geometric designs. Front of box, on either side of a bear(?) crest are carved totem figures. Also, attached at each front corner are identical totem poles with a thunderbird and bear. Otter is carved on the side panels. Plain back.