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Engraved woodblock of an "Indian mask from the northwest coast of America"

Engraved woodblock of an "Indian mask from the northwest coast of America"

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This engraved woodblock of an “Indian mask from the northwest coast of America” was prepared by Henry Hobart Nichols (1838-1887) and the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.; the print was published in 1884 as Plate XIII.20 (p.171) in an article by William Healey Dall (1845-1927) entitled “On Masks, Labrets, and Certain Aboriginal Customs with an Inquiry into the Bearing of Their Geographical Distribution” in the Third Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1881-82.
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Object Name
Object Type
Wood Engraving
date made
Bureau of American Ethnology
Government Printing Office
Dall, William H.
graphic artist
Nichols, H. H.
block maker
N. J. Wemmer
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Associated Place
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
overall: 5.4 cm x 5.1 cm x 2 cm; 2 1/8 in x 2 in x 13/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Native Americans
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Wood Blocks for early Bureau of American Ethnology Publications, Graphic Arts Collection
Wood Engravings, Graphic Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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