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Side view of a Tlingit shaman's soul catcher carved with a symmetric transformational image
Side view of a Tlingit shaman's soul catcher showing a humanoid figure at the centre

Soul Catcher

Tlingit
Southeast Alaska

ca. 1850

bone

width: 8 ¼"

Inventory # N3891

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acquired by the Elspeth McConnell Collection, now at the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC


Provenance

Collected by the Reverend Robert Doolan before 1900
George T. Emmons
Harry Beasley, Cranmore House, London, England
The Raymond Wielgus Collection, Chicago, IL, 1968
The Allen and Sally Wardwell Collection, New York, NY

Exhibited

Art Institute of Chicago, “Yakutat South: Indian Art of the Northwest Coast”, March 13 to April 26, 1964

The Arts Club of Chicago, “The Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection”, 1966

Published

Shamanistic Charms, Ethnologia Cranmoriensis, vol. 4
Emmons and Miles, 1939, pl. XVIII, fig. 2
Yakutat South: Indian Art of the Northwest Coast, Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, 1964, pg. 60, pl. 150
Tangible Visions, Wardwell, New York, Monacelli Press, 1996, pg. 206, pl. 299

RELATED EXAMPLE

Wardwell, Allen. Tangible Visions: Northwest Coast Indian Shamanism and its Art. New York: The Monacelli Press, 1996, pg. 200, nos. 280 and 281