Native American, Pacific Northwest, Ivan "Coyote" Otterlifter (1936-1999), ca. 1972 CE. A gorgeous copper dagger with a deer bone guard and a carved wooden handle in the form of a traditionally Pacific Northwestern-shaped human head. Mother-of-pearl shell panels form the eyes, while red and black applied textiles create hair on the side and back of the head, respectively. The face is carved to have a huge eye, a curved-under nose, and the mouth puckered as if the figure is whistling or blowing on something. Below the head is a wrapped twine handle. A simple, ovoid bone guard is beneath this, the bone highly polished to a creamy color. Below that is the copper blade, slightly concave on one side, with a triangular-shaped series of three raised ridges on the other. Striking and unique! Size: 3" W x 18" H (7.6 cm x 45.7 cm)
Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection
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