Shaman's amulet carved from a single piece of antler with two small tines. The form is of a monstrous creature, probably marine with a sinuous body, carved on the underside with two flippers, and a bird face; the tail is further carved in the form of a bird, set at 90 degrees to the horizontal, such as a hawk, surmounted with two arms, ending in hands held together at the end of the tail. Rising from the head of the creature is the second smaller tine, carved with a [bird?] head, followed by a smaller head at the tip. The creature has two small spines above the main head, suggesting that it may represent a sculpin; further projections towards the tip have been broken away. The carving is competent, central or northern Northwest Coast in style.
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