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NORTHWEST COAST CEREMONIAL RAVEN RATTLE
NORTHWEST COAST CEREMONIAL RAVEN RATTLE

PROBABLY TLINGIT, CIRCA 1850

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NORTHWEST COAST CEREMONIAL RAVEN RATTLE
Probably Tlingit, circa 1850
Carved of wood in two pieces tied together at the sides and front with cord, the handle nailed and tightly wrapped with twine, red, black and light blue painted details. In the form of a raven in flight with flat outspread wings and an open beak, supporting a shaman reclining on his back with bent arms and legs, a long tongue protruding into the mouth of a finely carved frog perched upon his thighs and shoulders, The shaman's squared head with facial features in sunk relief resembling a sea mammal. A hawk's head is carved in the tailfeathers with another hawk's image carved in shallow relief with a hooked beak on the underbelly.
12½ x 4 x 4¼ in. (31.7 x 10.2 x 10.8)
Provenance
Ex Zerbeits Collection, Ketchikan
Literature
Brown, Steven. Native Visions: Evolution in Northwest Coast Arts from the Eighteenth through the Twentieth Century. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1998. p. 86, cat. 4.39.
Exhibited
Native Visions: Evolution in Northwest Coast Arts from the Eighteenth through the Twentieth Century, the Seattle Art Museum, 1998.
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