Engraved woodblock of a "Haida medicine rattle"

Description
This engraved woodblock of a “Haida medicine rattle” was prepared by the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.; the image was published as Plate XXII.50 (p.189) in an article by William Healey Dall (1845-1927) entitled “On Masks, Labrets, and Certain Aboriginal Customs with an Inquiry into the Bearing of Their Geographical Distribution” in the Third Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1881-82. According to the annual report, the mask shows “the shaman, frog, and kingfisher with continuous tongues.” The image was drawn from a “specimen obtained by J. G. Swan [(1818-1900)] at Port Townsend, W. T. from a Queen Charlotte Island Haida.”
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1884
publisher
Bureau of American Ethnology
printer
Government Printing Office
author
Dall, William H.
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 14 cm x 5.2 cm x 2.3 cm; 5 1/2 in x 2 1/16 in x 7/8 in
ID Number
1980.0219.1294
catalog number
1980.0219.1294
accession number
1980.0219
subject
Native Americans
Music
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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