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staff

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Am1984,04.12

  • Description

    Carving of red cedar wood, for use as a speaker's staff [?], in the form of a 'haietlik' or Lightning Serpent. Carved in the round this shows a double headed serpent coiled round a staff in a spiral with the heads at both ends. These are carved in traditional Nuu-Chah-Nulth style, with a wolf-like appearance, large mouth and teeth, big nostrils; the body is regularly carved with triangular series of scales.

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  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1983
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 131 centimetres
    • Width: 12 centimetres
    • Depth: 10 centimetres
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Fair. In 1990 the drying of the wood caused the staff section too split or check very badly; this has been repaired.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1984

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Am1984,04.12

Carving of red cedar wood, for use as a speaker's staff [?], in the form of a 'haietlik' or Lightning Serpent. Carved in the round this shows a double headed serpent coiled round a staff in a spiral with the heads at both ends. These are carved in traditi

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