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D-ADZE

Quinault
Washington State

ca. 1750-1800

whale bone, steel, brass, fibre (sinew) wrapping
approx. length: 9"

Inventory # CN4313-148

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no restoration or repair

The similarity between this adze, and an example in the Peabody Museum, Harvard, is striking. The example at hand however more skilfully and beautifully carved, and displays characteristics consistent with the earlier work of a highly skilled master.(See essay by Steven C. Brown attached).

Provenance

Private collection, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Tom Stark, Victoria, British Columbia 
Donald Ellis Gallery, Dundas, ON

Published

Donald Ellis Gallery catalogue, Toronto, 2001, pg. 3

Related Examples

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard, No. 65509 – See: A Time of Gathering, Wright, University of WA Press, 1991, plate 60

Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, (The Thaw Collection), No. T471 - See: Art of the North American Indian, Vincent, University of WA Press, 2000, pg. 315

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