Fine Rare Old Haida Tlingit Shaman Otter Man Figure Circa 1860-1880

$5,950 USD

Tlingit Shaman’s figure

Date:1860

Artist: Tlingit unknown

Materials: Cedar, abalone, red vermillion, black and blue-green pigment traces

Dimensions: 9” L x 4 ¼” H x 4” w

Description: A great early shamans figure representing otter man. Carved in a crawling position with face in an awe struck pose with mouth open. Ears carved on the side profile.

Item comes with a museum quality metal display stand

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 9.0 × 4.25 × 4.0 in
Item Location

Canada

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Description

Tlingit Shaman’s figure

Date:1860

Artist: Tlingit unknown

Materials: Cedar, abalone, red vermillion, black and blue-green pigment traces

Dimensions: 9” L x 4 ¼” H x 4” w

Description: A great early shamans figure representing otter man. Carved in a crawling position with face in an awe struck pose with mouth open. Ears carved on the side profile. There are few famous depictions of this figure.

Comes with a museum quality metal display stand.

Reference:

Kushtaka or Kooshdakhaa (  “land otter man”) are mythical shape-shifting creatures found in the folklore of the Tlingit peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America.

Physically, Kushtaka are shape-shifters capable of assuming human form, the form of an otter and potentially other forms. In some accounts, a Kushtaka is able to assume the form of any species of otter; in others, only one. Accounts of their behaviour seem to conflict with one another. In some stories, Kushtaka are cruel creatures who take delight in tricking poor Tlingit sailors to their deaths. In others, they are friendly and helpful, frequently saving the lost from death by freezing.

Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 9.0 × 4.25 × 4.0 in
Item Location

Canada

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