"Kwakwaka'wakw Bird Effigy Ceremonial Cane, British Columbia, Canada"Ceremonial CANE with bird effigy
Kwakwaka'wakw, British Columbia, Canada
Second half of the 19th century
Wood and pigments
H .: 98; W .: 32; Thickness: 13 cm
(old slots on the handle and the barrel)
The T-shaped handle is carved from a knot in the wood. It features a stylized bird entirely incised with geometric patterns enhanced with pigments. It is most likely a crow or an eagle. The cylindrical barrel is fully engraved and pigmented in red, black and blue. It is animated halfway up by a seated zoomorphic character reminiscent of the bear. On the lower part the registers are two-tone alternating red and black.
It is probably a ceremonial cane.
Old handwritten label with the mention Webster 1896 British Columbia. It also bears a collection number AN17 and the inventory number 27340 from the Webster collection.
Provenance: Former Webster collection, United Kingdom.