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A black obsidian wealth blade from Northern California in the shape of an inverted teardrop | Donald Ellis Gallery

Wealth Blade

Northern California

late 19th century (?)


height: 12 ¾"

Inventory # S3983-4

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John George Baedlein (b. 1865 d. 1958), a Kansas City architect and amateur archeologist
The Robert Hayden Museum, Georgia
George Terasaki collection, New York, NY, acquired 1960’s to 1970’s


The Robert Hayden Museum, Georgia

Related Examples

Denver Art Museum, cat nos. 1944.67 and 1954.382 – See: Conn, Richard. Native American Art in the Denver Art Museum. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1979, pg. 270, pls. 373 and 373

Kroeber, Alfred A. Handbook of the Indians of California, Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin No. 78, Washington DC, 1925, pg. 26, pl. 2

Miles, Charles. Indian and Eskimo Artifacts of North America. New York: Bonanza Books, 1963, pg. 147, pl. 6.17