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A Tlingit Polychrome Wood Shaman Figure
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 31,250 USD
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24
A Tlingit Polychrome Wood Shaman Figure
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 31,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important American Indian, African, Oceanic and Other Works of Art from the Studio of Enrico Donati

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A Tlingit Polychrome Wood Shaman Figure
standing on a rounded rectangular base, with feet set firmly apart, arms sharply bent at the elbows, wearing an apron, painted with a stylized animal, and shaman's crown, with projecting points carved to resemble teeth or claws, the powerfully carved head with well-defined facial features and outward thrust tongue; of hollowed form and pierced on the back for attachment.
height 9 in.
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Provenance

Presented in 1929 by Dr. A. Eugene Austin to the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, 16/8325

Deaccessioned via exchange with Julius Carlebach, July 1944

Acquired from the above

Catalogue Note

Cf. Wardwell, 1996, p. 309: "Wood sculptures of the human form were carved for a variety of shamanic purposes. Ranging in height from a few inches to over-life-size, they were made to guard the graves of shamans, to help keep evil spirits and influences away, and to prevent shamans from eating food or drinking water that was spiritually dangerous."

Important American Indian, African, Oceanic and Other Works of Art from the Studio of Enrico Donati

|
New York