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Rattle carved and painted in the form of a salmon - Donald Ellis Gallery
Small carved and painted shaman figure found in a salmon rattle - Donald Ellis Gallery

Salmon Rattle

Southern Alaska

ca. 1880

wood, paint

Inventory # N1954


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

The small Shaman figure was found in the belly of the salmon.


John Putnam, Seattle, WA


Donnervogel und Raubwal, Haberland, Museum fur Volderkunde, Hambury, 1979, pl. G-31
People of the Totem, Foreman, University of Oklahoma Press, 1988, pg. 72-73
Native Visions, Brown, University of WA Press, Seattle, 1998, pl. 5.22
Bernstein, Bruce and McMaster, Gerald (eds). First American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection of American Indian Art. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004, pg. 75
Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection, David Penney et al., New York, NY, Skira Rizzoli, 2015, pg. 39


Museum Fur Volkerkunde, Hamburg, Germany, 1978
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, February 19 - May 10, 1998
New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York, June 15 - September 13, 1998
Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska, October 1998 - January 10, 1999
Eitiljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 12 - September 6, 1999


American Museum of Natural History, New York, No. 19/913 - See:  From the Land of the Totem Poles, Jonaitis, University of WA Press, Seattle, 1988, Pl. 34

Box of Daylight, Holm, University of WA, Press, Seattle, 1984, pl. 199, 200