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Exceptionally well carved Tlingit oystercatcher rattle | Donald Ellis Gallery
Profile view of an exceptionally carved 18th c. oystercatcher rattle | Donald Ellis Gallery
Exceptionally carved thunderbird on the underside of an 18th c. oystercatcher rattle | Donald Ellis Gallery
Exceptionally carved asymmetric sculptural design on an oystercatcher rattle | Donald Ellis Gallery

Oystercatcher Rattle

attributed to Kadjisdu.acxh II
Tlingit
Southeast Alaska

ca. 1770-1790

wood, paint, vegetal fiber, marine mammal ivory

width: 12 ⅝"

Inventory # N4337

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PROVENANCE

Collected by Dr. Hugh S. Wyman (1858-1913), then by descent through the family, being part of a collection of Native American artifacts assembled by Dr. Hugh S. Wyman and his brother, Dr. Hal C. Wyman.
Dr. Hugh S. Wyman was Assistant Surgeon stationed at Sitka, Alaska, aboard the U.S.S Pinta, serving alongside the eminent ethnographer and field collector George T. Emmons. Following his Navy commission, Wyman resided at Douglas Island and Juneau, AK, before establishing a medical practice in Olympia, Washington, in 1899.

RELATED EXAMPLES

Museum of Mankind, London, Cat. No. 1944.am.2.125 (the Beasley collection) – See: Wardwell, Allen. Tangible Visions: Northwest Coast Indian Shamanism and its Art. New York: The Monacelli Press, 1996, pg. 262, fig. 398 for an oystercatcher rattle attributed to Kadjisdu.axch

Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology, St. Petersburg, Russian, Cat. No. 211-2 – See: Ibid, pg. 270, fig 411 for another oystercatcher rattle attributed to Kadjisdu.axch

American Museum of Natural History, Cat. No. E2208 – See: Ibid, pg. 313, fig. 470 for a guardian figure attributed to the same artist from Dry Bay, Alaska, collected by Emmons in 1893