- Museum number
Ladle, the bowl made from a short handled ladle of big horn sheep horn, well used and soaked in grease to produce a fine patina and translucent effect; the handle is of mountain goat horn, carved with a series of crests, of bold and effective design, with sharp detail finely executed. From the finial of the handle the figures are: 1] a seated figure wearing a 3 ring potlatch hat set between the ears of 2] a kneeling mammal [bear?] with a frog jumping down to between the ears of 3] a raven, the long beak, with secondary raven heads in the nostrils and 4] an unidentified creature on the mouth and 5] a halibut from hanging from the tip of the beak, with a further secondary raven head set on the back of the fish facing the large raven head. The raven is the main figure in the handle, and is carved with both 3D claws, and rudimentary ones over the wings; the back and wings are carved with low relief formline designs. Underneath the tail and wings of the raven are 6-8] 3 squatting humans. The bowl is attached to the handle with 3 copper rivets; the handle has a 4th hole for a rivet, as though it had been originally attached to a different bowl.
- Production date
Length: 30 centimetres
Width: 7 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The Oldman Probate list gives this the number 800a. The collection was bought by the Trustees with the proviso that duplicates should be sold off. Many items were sold, including particularly the best Coast Salish horn rattle, from the Leverian museum, and illustrated by Sarah Stone in one of the albums now in the Bishop Museum Library. This ladle, also one of the best of its type, was probably also not registered so that it could be sold off, although this never happened. Acquired as part of 1949 Am22 Oldman collection, but not registered at the time. Additional description etc., by JCK, 29/7/1994.
- On display (G26/dc8)
- Exhibition history
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
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 800a (Oldman probate list no.)
Miscellaneous number: Am1949,22 (acquired with this collection; not registered)