Lot 27C
Earnest Al Cole (1944-), Nuxalt

OYSTER CATCHER RATTLE, Yellow cedar, Top: Mountain Goat/Sea Monster, Shaman, Two witches (in a trance), flanked by Octopus Below: Skull surrounded by Chiton shell Mountain Goat + Orca (to NWC mind that they both had "horns" - having spirit worlds of both land and sea covered in same beastie was a huge power.) Shaman drawing the power from the Sea Monster. The two witches in a trance-state. Oyster Catcher Rattles were chief's rattles - the number eight, the number of the Octopus (the Guardian of the undersea realm), signified strength and wisdom and over time became the number of the Chief. So the number eight displayed in a piece (eight pieces of abalone shell or tentacle of the Octopus) was axiomatic with the holder having Chief's powers. The Skull is likely an indication of the power of the Chief to reach beyond the known worlds. Chiton shell was part of the "shell-wealth" of the NWC. ,
12.01" x 7.24" x 3.74"
30.50 x 18.40 x 9.50 cm

Est. $4000/6000
Realised: Please contact us for the value of this item
Auction Date: 03/19/2009

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