Showing a prostrate humanoid figure sharing power through its tongue with a kingfisher, an eagle in relief on the underside, the box of daylight clutched in the raven's beak. length 12in
Provenance: Walter Waters Collection, Wrangell, AK; his collection purchased and shared by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle and the Denver Art Museum, CO in 1954, Denver accession #MT1-13-P; given to the Lowe Gallery, University of Miami, FL in 1954; to James Economos; to the Stewart Mills Collection
Walter Waters was a collector and dealer of Northwest Native art who died in 1953. According to Richard Conn, then Curator of Native Art at the Denver Art Museum in a personal correspondence with Mr. Mills, the touches of yellow paint and the rawhide strip handle binding were on the rattle when the collection was acquired by the Museum. He acknowledged that in his opinion, the rattle was of 19th century manufacture and that the paint was likely added at some later date. Similarly, the binding was refurbished as a replacement of the, likely, worn out original thongs.
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