MOA: University of British Columbia


Painted replica of a Tsimshian house screen board in MOA's collection.

  • Narrative

    Painted by Lyle Wilson in 1989 (museum commission), based on the design found on a Tsimshian house board dated c. 1800-1840. This board replicates a small portion of a large painted house screen that, in the mid-1800s, fronted a lineage house at Lax Kw’alaams, a Tsimshian village on the northern BC coast. Decades after the house boards entered the museum collection, it was discovered that light raked across the surface of the boards, combined with high-contrast photography, revealed an elegant painting at least two hundred years old. This painting is one of several contemporary reproductions based on the old house screen boards.

  • Type of Item board
  • Culture Tsimshian
  • Measurements height 451.0 cm, width 74.0 cm, depth 2.7 cm (overall)

  • Creator Lyle Wilson
  • Previous Owner Museum of Anthropology
  • Received from Museum of Anthropology

  • Made in Vancouver

  • Creation Date during 1989
  • Ownership Date before 1989
  • Acquisition Date during 1992

  • Condition good