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Canadian Museum of Civilization acquires five objects from Dundas Collection

Canadian Museum of Civilization acquires five objects from Dundas Collection

Gatineau, Quebec, October 5, 2006 — The Canadian Museum of Civilization acquired five objects at the auction of the Dundas Collection of Northwest Coast American Indian Art, held by Sotheby’s earlier today in New York. The domestic objects, a wooden bowl, a wooden comb with a high relief carving of an animal, a decorated wooden food dish and a pair of Athapaskan birch bark baskets, consisted of four lots for sale at the auction. Based on the hammer price, the Museum has spent just over C$82,000 or US$73,000 to acquire the five objects.

The Dundas Collection, acquired in 1863 at the Tsimshian village of Metlakatla by Robert Dundas and maintained by his family for the past 150 years, was offered at auction by Robert Dundas’ great-grandson, Simon Carey. These objects from the Dundas Collection, one of the earliest documented collections of Tsimshian material, complement the collection of Tsimshian material developed by the Canadian Museum of Civilization since the early twentieth century.

“I am pleased we are carrying out our mandate of protecting important national heritage through this action,” said Dr. Victor Rabinovitch, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation.

Media Information:

Chief, Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Tel.: 819 776-7167

Media Relations Officer
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Tel.: 819 776-7169

Fax: 819 776-7187


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