Clapper in Form of a Fish with Human Head for Finger Lever
Arts of the Americas
On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
Animals indigenous to the Northwest Coast region play prominent roles in this group of objects. Rattles were part of chiefs’ ceremonial dance regalia; the Tsimshian example depicts a shaman touching tongues with a frog as he rides on the back of a raven with another frog in its mouth. The clapper by the Haida artist Charles Edenshaw takes the form of a halibut with the face of the fish’s spirit represented on the tail. The Haida frontlet, which would have been attached to a headdress, represents a raven emerging from the mouth of a whale. The Tlingit soul catcher, of a type used by shamans to capture and protect people’s souls during healing ceremonies, depicts a whale with a fin rising from the center of its back.
Cedar wood, pigment
Written on object: "from Beasley Collection, H.M.S. Grewler, 1864."
Collection of Christopher B. Martin
Carved wood clapper in the form of a halibut with the face of the fish’s spirit represented on the tail.
Charles Edenshaw (Haida, 1834-1924). Clapper in Form of a Fish with Human Head for Finger Lever, pre-1864. Cedar wood, pigment, 9 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (24.8 x 7.0 cm). Collection of Christopher B. Martin, L61.3.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, L61.3.1_transp5628.jpg)
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