- Museum number
Morse ivory soul trap, inlaid with haliotis shell.
- Production date
- 1867 (before)
Length: 19 centimetres
Width: 4 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- JCH King `First Peoples, First Contacts' British Museum Press 1999, p.164:
"A type of amulet known as a Soul Catcher, collected before 1867 and said to have been used by shamans to blow the soul of the patient back into the body. Traditionally assumed to be madee from bear femurs, they are always carved with double heads, of esoteric meaning known only to the practitioner."
North West Coast (probably Haida)
- On display (G26/dc8)
- Exhibition history
1976-1977 7 Oct-16 Jan, London, The Hayward Gallery
1977 16 Apr-19 Jun, Kansas City, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Sacred Circles: 2,000 Years of North American Indian Art
1993-95, London, Museum of Mankind, 'Treasures of the Americas'
1996, London, Wellcome Institute, Abracadabra: the Magic of Medicine
1999 25 Jun-Present, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The Northwest Coast of America"
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number