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An early globular carved wood rattle with hawk and human transfomation image - Donald Ellis Gallery

Globular Rattle

Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

early 19th, possibly late 18th century

wood, paint, cotton thread

Inventory # CN1601


This finely carved rattle portrays a hawk representation on one side, while the reverse depicts a hawk/human transformational figure encompassed within a fan of tail feathers.


Mrs. Agnes Climie, Vancouver, BC reportedly acquired by her father while he worked the steamship lines travelling the West Coast from 1900-1914
Maynards Auctions, Vancouver, BC
Donald Ellis Gallery, Dundas, ON
Private Collection, Toronto, ON


Museum of Civilisation, No. VII-X-208 - See: Masterpieces of Indian and Eskimo Art From Canada, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1969, pl. 101

Museum fur Volkerkunde, 96.190 - See: Donnervogel und Raubwas, Indianische Kunst der Nordwestkuste Nordamerikas, Haberland, Hamburg, 1979, pg. 157

Peabody Museum, Salem, Mass., No.E3497 - See:  Arts of the Raven, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1967, pl. 209