We are requested not to take pictures of the museum exhibits and respectfully comply (though I'm rather annoyed to see other visitors ignoring the signage and snapping away throughout the display rooms). This sculpture based on a traditional "copper" is in the lobby, where we are allowed to use cameras. Coppers -- big shield-shaped forms of hammered copper -- were a form of tangible, durable wealth among high-ranking Haida. Chiefs displayed their coppers at home, or gave them to greatly favoured friends or allies. In form they are all similar to this one, but the degree of decoration varies considerably. Some say the shape is inspired by the sea turtle shell.
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