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The Steven Michaan Collection of North American Tribal Art : The Art of the Spirit World : Woodlands

Eastern Great Lakes Woodlands
Woodcock Effigy Ladle
Ash Burl, 7 ½” Length, c.1780-1820

Woodcock Effigy Ladle
Woodcock Effigy Ladle

The flow of line in this masterfully carved ladle is especially pleasing—with the transitions between the planes of the bowl, the handle, the beak of the woodcock and then its sweep down the bird’s back.

Owning to the unpredictable nature of the grain structure of burl, the openwork between the bird’s beak and its body was technically challenging for the artisan of this work.