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

Eastern Great Lake Woodlands
Human Effigy Ladle
Maple, 6 ½” Length, c.1720 (possibly earlier)

Human Effigy Ladle
Human Effigy Ladle

Carved from maple, this important early ladle depicts a Woodlands Indian in profile with coxcomb or braided hair.

The unique corrugated panel on the figure’s backside may represent a wampum belt or beaded sash.

The tiny nubs projecting from the sides of the handle are a previously unrecorded device, and are suggestive of arms and shoulders—artistically, they balance the thong hole within the center of the head. The piece is further distinguished by an untouched and remarkable surface.