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Tlingit (Alaska), Dagger and Sheath, wood/abalone/ivory/metal/beads/wool/cotton, c. 1850/60.    I suspect the sheath may be Tahltan

Tlingit (Alaska), Dagger and Sheath, wood/abalone/ivory/metal/beads/wool/cotton, c. 1850/60. I suspect the sheath may be Tahltan

Plaque de cuivre de la côte ouest Canada / Avant l'arrivée des Européens

Plaque de cuivre de la côte ouest Canada / Avant l'arrivée des Européens

Carved horn spoons were among the most powerful, intimate objects created by the Tlingit people of the American Northwest Coast. Carved spoons depict supernatural and ancestral beings, natural phenomena, and animal and human characters. Each intricate handle manifests inherited stories through nested crests and figures. As with totem poles, one must "read" the emblems from the bottom up to appreciate their meanings.

Carved horn spoons were among the most powerful, intimate objects created by the Tlingit people of the American Northwest Coast. Carved spoons depict supernatural and ancestral beings, natural phenomena, and animal and human characters. Each intricate handle manifests inherited stories through nested crests and figures. As with totem poles, one must "read" the emblems from the bottom up to appreciate their meanings.

Masque chamanique en bois de cèdre, Tlingit ou Makat ;  Colombie Britanique, vers 1900 ;  H. 25 cm

Masque chamanique en bois de cèdre, Tlingit ou Makat ; Colombie Britanique, vers 1900 ; H. 25 cm

Tlingit Steel & Horn Dagger  --  No date provided.  Provenance: National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC  --  Via Sotheby's

Tlingit Steel & Horn Dagger -- No date provided. Provenance: National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC -- Via Sotheby's

Northwest Coast native wooden Box of Daylight Raven hat (c1850) by Tlingit artist of Taku at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.

Northwest Coast native wooden Box of Daylight Raven hat (c1850) by Tlingit artist of Taku at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.

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