COMPLETELY CARVED AMAZONIAN ELDER'S OR SHAMAN'S STAFF

   

Origin:  South America, Northern Brazil, Amazon Basin, Araguya River, Caraja or Kayapo people Cultures  (Provenance: From an old collection in Boston Massachusetts)

Period/Date: late 19th- early 20th C.

Materials:  Fibrous reed-like hardwood

Description:  Long objects like this are always hard to photography, but hopefully you get some sense of its power, intensity, and purpose it possesses.  About 90 percent of it shaft is carved.  The complex motifs are divided into five distinct bands spaced by the natural form of the wood.  It features alternating triangles having blackened or stained solid areas with open triangles meticulously decorated with rows of chip carving.  It has a deep rich patina turning from a reddish brown to black.  In good condition with some minor loss and abrasions.

Dimensions:   Height 59"  (150 cm), Width 7/8"  (2.3 cm)

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