Through the Window: Large Objects from the Ethnologisches Museum Hover Into the Humboldt Forum

Blog entry from 05/05/2021

Source: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

The totem pole being brought into the Humboldt Forum via a balcony.
The totem pole being brought into the Humboldt Forum via a balcony.
Copyright: Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Stefan Müchler

Yesterday, with extreme precision, an approximately 9-metre-high totem pole from the Haida people (one of the First Nations of Canada) was hoisted by a special crane over the (reconstructed) balcony from which Karl Liebknecht once declared a socialist republic.

The pole, weighing around 800 kilograms, is a so-called house pole made in around 1870 by the indigenous inhabitants of Haida Gwaii, an archipelago off the coast of mainland Canada. In 1881, it was purchased by the collector Johan Adrian...

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