- Museum number
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.
- Production date
Height: 6 centimetres
Length: 16 centimetres
Width: 10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Presented by A.W.Franks on 14/5/1869, this shaman's amulet was acquired by him from William Wareham, one of the dealers with whom he dealt on a regular basis. The Christy "Additions, 1868-77" inventory, p.55, no.187, suggests Sitka as a possible place of origin. (JCK, 6/7/1995; plus additional description etc.).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2014 1 Nov-2015 22 Feb, London, Dulwich Picture Gallery, "From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia"
2017 23 Feb-27 Aug, London, BM, "Where the Thunderbird Lives"
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1869C1.5403 (old CDMS no.)