- Museum number
Ladle, ceremonial, of the horn of the big horn sheep, of slender tapering form, the handle surmounted with a 3-dimensional figure in the form of a squat seated mammal, wearing a twined hat with three potlatch rings. Inserted in the hat is a copper-shaped piece of haliotis shell; this is pierced at the apex, suggested either that it is reutilised, or that it once was decorated with an attachment. The figure is further holding a piece of approximately rectangular haliotis shell, perhaps also originally intended to represent a copper. The inside of the handle is decorated with four large pieces of trapezoidal haliotis shell inlay. The haliotis copper is attached to the hat with 2 pegs, of uncertain material. // The backside of the ladle is decorated with incised and low-relief formline design. Identity of the crest is unclear, but it seems to include a large face or head on the underside of the bowl; this is unfinished towards the tip of the ladle. The decoration of the backside of the handle seems to include a line of segmented units along the axis, which may represent the body of an insect, such as a dragonfly. Interestingly the formline designs includes 'u' forms decorated with incised cross hatching.
- Production date
Length: 39 centimetres
Width: 8 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The decoration of this ladle - specifically the figure with the copper - is highly unusual and interesting. (JCK,4/1995; plus additional details/description.)
North West Coast.
Oldman Collection, Oldman No. 999.
See ETH DOC 1307.
- On display (G26/dc8)
- Exhibition history
2003 Nov-Present, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The Northwest Coast of America"
1977 9 Dec-1978 Feb, Museum of Mankind; Animals in Art
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number