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Lákt (Bentwood Box)

A work made of yellow and red cedar, and acrylic paint.

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  • A work made of yellow and red cedar, and acrylic paint.

Date:

2019

Artist:

James P. Johnson
Ch’áak’ Dakl’aweidi Clan (Eagle Killerwhale), Tlingit, born 1978
Alaska and Arizona, United States

About this artwork

This box is covered in designs typical of Northwest Coast art, a style called “formline.” James Johnson created images of animals from ovoid shapes and U-forms, which combine to make faces along the corners of the box. What these bold images in some ways mask, however, is that they are carved and painted over a single, continuous plank of wood. Johnson carved the piece of yellow cedar with grooves, called kerfs, then steamed the wood to make it pliable, and bent it at the corners to create the box’s shape.

Status

On View, Gallery 264

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

James P. Johnson

Culture

Tlingit

Title

Lákt (Bentwood Box)

Places

Arizona (Purchased in), Alaska (Object made in), United States (Object made in)

Date

2019

Medium

Yellow and red cedar, and acrylic paint

Dimensions

21.6 × 21.6 × 21.6 cm (8 1/2 × 8 1/2 × 8 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Mrs. Leonard S. Florsheim, Jr. Fund

Reference Number

2019.1179

Extended information about this artwork

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