Tlingit Shaman’s figure
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.
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.