- Museum number
Bird-shaped amulet made of stone (slate).
- Curator's comments
- From acquisition "amulet".
From acquisition "Mi".
See Christy Correspondence:
Letter A E Douglass, New York/C H Read, 24 Nov 1887 and 'Invoice of Objects, worked in Stone & Shell by American Indians ... sent, in Exchange ... Selected from the Private Collection of A E Douglass Esq. in the Museum of Natural History, New York.
Douglass writes 'The "Bird Amulet" has a similar perforation, and possibly if worn upon the person was worn in similar manner with the "Bar". Of the "Bar" I have some 19 specimens and of the "bird" 23 which proves them to be a special class designed for a specific purpose, and not an exceptional vagary of the Indian workman. Occasionally the perforation is wanting. In Dr Rau's account of the Smithsonian Archaeological Collection 1876 he figurs these as No. 210 and 211.'
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1887C2.3682 (old CDMS no.)