Ethnography: Objects 1 - 6 of 6

2013.9.1: Ceremonial WhistleCeremonial Whistle, c. 1870 A Kwakiutl ceremonial Hamatsa carved single note cedar whistle with cord and textile binding wrapped around areas. The wood is glued together with pitch from the hemlock tree. Contact with early seafarers is seen in the navel type of string used. 'A N' and '15' is carved into the wood surface.
2013.15.1: Pre-Columbian Medical SculpturePre-Columbian Medical Sculpture Pre-Columbian burnished terra-cotta figure, slightly flattened. The head is approximately the same length as the body, there are holes to represent eyes, a mouth and ears/earrings. The face and neck are marked with short vertical lines [dermatological lesions]. Feet and arms are merely suggested with small protrusions.The base of the figure is uneven and chipped.
2013.11.1: Shaman's RattleShaman's Rattle, c. 1900 Shaman's rattle made of whalebone/sheep horn bent with edges perforated and held together with cord and containing buckshot. Purple and a green binding are wrapped around the handle area cushioned with organic material.
2013.18.1: Shaman's StaffShaman's Staff, c. 1935 Carved cedar ceremonial Shaman's staff consisting of a rounded loop handle and a long thin slat. Along the length of the staff is a carving of a canoe and sea snake. A nail has been used to hold the head of the sea snake in place. ‘1935’ is carved into the back surface of the staff.
2013.7.1: Tupilak FigureTupilak Figure, 20th Cent. Tupilak from Greenland of Shaman at work. A sperm whale or walrus ivory carved human figure with a separate ivory disk. The figure has an exaggerated grimace and an auxiliary head protruding from the stomach area.The disk is placed underneath second head to stabilise the figure in a standing position. The eyes on both faces have been infilled with a black material. The figure's arms are bent down in front and the hands have sockets in them. Incomplete, the part held by the hands is missing.
2013.10.1: Witch Doctor Staff and Rattle, AfricanWitch Doctor Staff and Rattle, African, 1851-1950 A carved wooden staff and rattle, stained black, with three figures on top of each other, from Africa. The bottom figure is of a robed kneeling male [possibly a medicine-man] holding a sphere in one hand and rattle in the other. The center figure is of a kneeling female, partially robed, with a child/baby at her back. The top figure is of a crouched monkey wearing a cone shaped headdress. The base is hollowed out containing a clapper attached by a cord.