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Figural wooden baton with abalone shell inlay and remains of an old label | Donald Ellis Gallery

Ceremonial Baton

Southern Northwest Coast, possibly Columbia River

18th century or earlier

wood, abalone shell, remains of old label

height: 17"

Inventory # CN4144

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PROVENANCE  

Arthur O. Wellman Collection, Connecticut

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This baton closely relates to two early clubs, one a pre-historic basalt stone club collected by Myron Eells in the Puget Sound area in 1893 and another yew wood club excavated at the Ozette Village archeologically site in the 1970’s - See: Wright, Robin K.  A Time of Gathering: Native Heritage in Washington State. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1991, pgs. 112 and 113