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Wooden comb featuring a masterfully carved representation of a human face - Donald Ellis Gallery


Northern British Columbia

ca. 1840


height: 11"

Inventory # N4454


An inscription in black ink on the reverse reads: N.W. COAST AMERICA [/] HOOPER COLL. No. 1099.A.”; “H.1542”; and A76190


James T. Hooper, Arundel, acquired in Bristol in 1933
Christie’s, London, American Indian Art from the James Hooper Collection, November 9, 1976, lot 199
Adelaide de Menil, New York, NY
Sotheby’s, New York, December 2, 1998, lot 434
George Everett Shaw, Aspen, Colorado
Amy and Elliot Lawrence, New York, NY


Steven Phelps, Art and Artefacts of the Pacific, Africa and the Americas: The James Hooper Collection, London, 1976, p. 323, pl. 191, cat. no. 1542 (illustrated), and pg. 445, cat. no. 1542
Harmer Johnson, Guide to the Arts of the Americas, New York, 1992, p. 204
George Everett Shaw, Art of Grace and Passion: Antique American Indian Art, Aspen, 1999, pg. 91