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Full length view of a Tlingit shaman's charm or amulet carved with a transformational image of an orca and several humanoid figures
Back view of a Tlingit shaman's charm or amulet carved from hollow bone

Amulet

Tlingit
Southeast Alaska

ca. 1850

bone, paint

width: 5 ¼"

Inventory # N3925

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acquired by the Diker Collection, now at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY


Provenance

Marius Barbeau, purchased from Axel Rasmussen at Wrangell, Alaska, in 1939
The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection, New York, NY

Exhibited

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Native Paths: American Indian Art from the Collection of Charles and Valerie Diker, May 7, 1998 to January 2, 2000
First American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection of American Indian Art, National Museum of the American Indian, April 24, 2003 to May 29, 2006

PUBLISHED  

Haida Myths Illustrated in Argillite Carvings, Barbeau. Ottawa: National Parks Branch, National Museum of Canada, 1953, pg. 270
Native Paths, Wardwell, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998, pg. 116, no. 130
First American Art, Bernstein, Seattle, University of Washington Press, 2004, pg. 97, no. 44