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Exceptional shaman’s box with symmetric design and opercula shell inlay along the rims - Donald Ellis Gallery

Shaman's Box

Haida or Tlingit
Northern Northwest Coast

ca. 1780-1820

wood, opercula shells

height: 12"
width: 10"
depth: 10"

Inventory # N4348


Bottom of the box is replaced


Bill Pearson, San Francisco, CA
Private Collection, New Mexico


Sotheby’s, New York, June 4, 1997, lot 250 ($96,000 USD)

Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution Cat. Nos. 74/400, 20/751 and 89/215 – See: Sturtevant, William (ed.) Boxes and Bowls: Decorated Containers by Nineteenth Century Haida, Tlingit, Bella Bella, and Tsimshian Indian Artists. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1974, plates 69, 70 and 71

Holm, Bill. Box of Daylight. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1984, pg. 70, pl. 107

Brown, Steven C. Transfigurations: North Pacific Coast Art, George Terasaki, Collector. Seattle: Marquand Books, 2006, plate 61