Candlestick Figure
Candlestick Figure
Candlestick Figure
Candlestick Figure
Candlestick Figure


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Collection Tier:
Tier 1

Native American
Native American - Northeast and Southeast Woodland ➔ Candlestick Figure

Identifier:
2002.40.6
Description:
This carved wooden figure depicts a standing woman with long, black hair and a white, full-length gown. She stands on a square base and her raised right arm supports a candleholder. It is part of collection 2002.40 which includes 26 Ottawa figures and may have been part of a nativity scene. 

This figure is an important example of Woodland and Ottawa human figural carving with a style very similar to earlier examples of totems or medicine dolls. It helps show the Woodland's transition to Christianity, using traditional Woodland-style carvings to depict Catholic iconography. Very few, if any, other examples of Woodland Catholic or Christian devotional carvings are known.

According to Mary Belle Shurtleif, a Cross Village historian and collector, this figure is from the workshop of Father Wiekamp's convent in Cross Village. 
 
Date:
1879 – 1898
Materials:
Wood, Paint
Dimensions:
9" h
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Museum Purchase
Rights:

Exhibit/Program
Anishinabek: The People of this Place ()
Makers/Donors
James H. Rutkowski

Ottawa