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

Great Lakes (Potawatomi)
Abstract Effigy Ladle
Maple, 7” Length, c. 1760 -1780

Great Lakes (Potawatomi) Abstract Effigy Ladle
Great Lakes (Potawatomi) Abstract Effigy Ladle

Though the meaning of this enigmatic effigy is unknown to us... its dramatic form imparts a message of significant power. It has been hypothesized that the form is a reductively blocked interpretation of a bird of prey.

Regardless of its intended meaning, this piece stands high for its artistic achievement in Woodlands sculpture.

Untouched surface with a dry bowl and a richly patinated handle from hand wear.