Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists'; Peabody Essex Museum; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997.
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Object description

  • Tomah Joseph (Passamaquoddy, 1837-1914)
  • Photograph, about 1895
  • Photograph, birchbark
  • Maine, United States
  • H: 13 3/8 in, W: 10 1/4 in (H: 34.0 cm, W: 26.0 cm)
  • Gift of Mr. Nicholas Smith, 1972
  • E48627

INSCRIPTION

At the bottom edge of the frame an inscription reads 'Gov Tomah Joseph, Passamaquoddy Tribe'.

DESCRIPTION

This is a photograph of Tomah Joseph, Passamaquoddy Indian, in a birch bark frame. The frame is etched around the edge and is inscribed vertically along the sides with designs of animals and birds. The left column, extending vertically, depicts five birds, including an owl, two ducks, a turkey, and a heron. The right column, extending vertically, depicts a rabbit, bear, fox, beaver, porcupine, and squirrel (?). There are abstract designs along the top edge. At the bottom an inscription reads 'Gov Tomah Joseph, Passamaquoddy Tribe'. The back is plain.

Exhibition History

  • Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997
  • In History on Birchbark: The Art of Tomah Joseph, Passamaquoddy, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology; February 01, 1993 through November 30, 1993

COPYRIGHT HOLDER

Tomah Joseph