Lot 27: A Superb 19th C. Tlingit Eagle-head Shaman's Rattle

A Superb 19th C. Tlingit Eagle-head Shaman's Rattle, Tlingit People; BC, Canada; Alaska, USA

A Superb and old rattle; the upper portion in the form of an eagle's face with hooked beak beneath ovoid eyes and arching brows, the whole with original red and black pigments, remains of animal hair atop the head. The handle with an exceptional patina of use. 1880's or earlier. On a custom base. H. 10"

Property of an East Coast private collection

Collected at Yakutat Bay by Ralph Stockman Tarr in 1903 on a US Geological Survey mission.

Publication History:
Arte Primitivo, 9/2011; Lot 270 - Front cover illustration.

Price Realized: $6,500

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