Frank Hanuse Kwakwaka’wakw Painted Wood Panel “Copper” Shield


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Frank Hanuse Kwakwaka’wakw Painted Wood Panel Copper Shield

Frank Hanuse from Rivers Inlet, Central Coast of British Columbia, south of Bella Bella, made this hand painted wood panel of a Potlatch Copper Shield shape. The shield is a symbol of wealth and power. It is exchanged between chiefs at potlatches. The top portion represents ancestors, the vertical, horizontal lines is the backbone and skeleton.

It is signed on the back in light pencil, “Frank Hanuse Owikeno Rivers Inlet SAMPLE” , Owikeno is written twice, once crossed off. It is painted with green, red and black.

The wood panel is plywood, it has a hole on the top for hanging. It measures 23 x 14 inches. Circa 1960 – 70.

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