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Shaman Figure

Shaman Figure

ca. 1860

Small carved figures such as this—some having their own miniature masks, tunics and rattles—represent shamans or their spirit helpers and were part of the myriad curing paraphernalia employed to purge the ill person of evil spirits. The club would protect the shaman against his supernatural enemies.
Yellow cedar wood, human hair, and paint
14 5/8 x 4 x 3 in. (37.15 x 10.16 x 7.62 cm)
Gift of John H. Hauberg
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Box of Daylight, September 15, 1983 - January 8, 1984

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

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