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The Steven Michaan Collection of North American Tribal Art : The Art of the Spirit World : Woodlands
Eastern Great Lakes Woodlands
Speaker’s Staff
Maple, Snakeskin, Lead & Textile 30” Length, c.1760
Eastern Great Lakes Woodlands Speaker's Staff
Eastern Great Lakes Woodlands Speaker's Staff

This is one of the most powerful Woodlands speaker’s staves extant.

The artistry of the carved hand firmly clenching the palm gavel or wax seal, combined with the extensive lead inlay and atypical snakeskin wrapping and collected cloth tassels make for a most powerful communication device and work of art.

Provenance : The Alan J. Sainsbury Collection