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A SUPERBLY CARVED NORTHWEST COAST BONE SHAMAN'S AMULET DEPICTING AN EAGLE'S HEAD.(107 views)
Description: Strikingly carved on both sides in the form and image of an eagle's (or raven's) head, with double U-forms representing feathers behind deeply carved eye socket form lines, this amulet exhibits the glossy patina of native usage. It is pierced at back end for attachment or suspension. Shamans used this type of amulet for curative or healing actions, and they were usually suspended from a shaman's apron or attached to the regalia of the user.
Condition Report: Mint.
Notes: Native American from the Tlingit or Haida Tribe, Southeastern Alaska or Northern British Columbia. 18th & 19th Century shamanistic charms and amulets were usually carved from bone, whale or walrus ivory, as well as wood.
Provenance: Formerly in the Berthusen Collection of Northwest Coast Art, deaccessioned from the Lynden, Pioneer Museum, Lynden, Washington.
Dimensions: 4.5 inches (11.4 cm.)
Artist or Maker: Unknown Native Northern Northwest Coast carver.
Exhibited: At the Lynden Pioneer Museum of Lynden, Washington for many years as part of the Berthusen Collection of Northwest Coast Art.
Date: Mid-19th Century