Selected Ethnological and Tribal Art Objects

 By Stuart M. Frank, Ph.D., Senior Curator Emeritus

Taxonomic  List

Precolumbian
Precolumbian Nazca vessel in the form of an orca (killer whale). Ancient Peru. 2001.100.4060
Precolumbian Nazca miniature figurine. Whale ivory and shell. Ancient Peru. 2001.100.2260
Precolumbian Paracas textile. Embroidery. Ancient Peru. TBA S-1856
Precolumbian Chumash soapstone figure of an orca (killer whale). California. 2001.100.1962

Northwest Coast
Nootka thunderbird battle club. Sperm whale panbone. 18th Century 2001.100.1357
Nootka whaler’s hat. Painted spruce root basketry. 18th-19th Century. S-1618 / TBA
Makah whaling diorama. Carved and painted wood. 19th century. S-1931 / TBA
Makah whaling harpoon. Circa 1885-1910. 001.100.4257
Ha’al — Makah harpoon bag. Cedar bark basketry, circa 1790-1850. 2001.100.4167
Makah totem pole. Whale skeletal bone and abalone shell, 19th Century. 2001.100.2152
Haida totem panel. Whale skeletal bone. British Columbia, 19th Century. 2001.100.1899
Haida thunderbird dagger. Baleen, abalone, brass, seal hide, steel. 19th C. 001.100.980
Haida totem pipe. Argillite slate. British Columbia, 19th Century. 00.200.283
Tlingit shaman’s amulet. Walrus ivory. Southeast Alaska, circa 1820-40. 2001.100.2263
Tlingit shaman’s ceremonial ladle. Eagle bone and sheep horn. 18th-19th C. 2001.100.1348
Tlingit Shaman’s ceremonial ladle. Baleen and whale skeletal bone. 19th C 2001.100.1980
Chilkat blanket. Tlingit, Chilkat, Alaska, early 19th century. S-1764 TBA
Whale vertebra mortar. Skeletal bone. Tlingit or Kwakiutl, 19th Century. 2001.100.2221
Potlatch spoon. Mountain goat horn. Northwest Coast, 19th Century. 00.200.106
Harpoon box for a whaling canoe. Nuuchah-nulth, Vancouver Island, 1992. 2001.100.3433
Orca totem pole. Thomas La Fortune and Raymond Peck, NW Coast 1997. TBA CW-407

Arctic
Prehistoric Eskimo harpoon tips (2). Whale skeletal bone. Bering Strait, Alaska. TBA
Harpoon. Walrus ivory, wood, bone, metal. Nunivak Island, Alaska, 19th C. 2001.100.2264
Model umiak with crew and gear. Bering Strait, Northwest Alaska, 19th C. 00.200.393
Koviak—line guide for an umiak. Bone + ivory. Iupiaq, Bering Strait, 19th C. 2001.100.2281
Eskimo ceremonial drum. Cape Prince of Wales (Bering Strait), circa 1835-85. 2001.100.981
Mask. St. Michael’s region, Alaska, 19th Century. 00.200.385
Spirit mask. St. Michael’s region, Alaska, 19th Century. 00.200.390
Grease dish. Painted wood. Bering Strait, Alaska, 19th century. 2001.100.1957
Smaller grease dish. Painted wood. Bering Strait, Alaska, 19th century. 2001.100.1930
Model of a three-man baidarka with crew. Aleutian Islands, Alaska, 19th C. 2001.100.1908
Ornamental walrus tusk. Chukchi, Chukotka, Siberia, 19th Century. 914.35.27
Musk ox bone spoon. Chukchi, Chukotka, Siberia, 19th Century. 00.200.23
Inuit figurine. Walrus ivory. Inuit, Arctic Canada, 19th Century. 1959.8.206
Snow knives. Netsilik, Hudson Bay; replicas by George Comer, 1895. 2001.100.2075+.2076
Model kayak with staffing. Inuit, West Greenland, 19th Century. 1965.21
Tupilak spirit figure. Inuit, Greenland. Sperm whale tooth. 19th/20th Century. 2001.100.2269

South America
Fuegian harpoons (4). Whale skeletal bone. Tierra del Fuego, 18th-19th C. 2001.100.1966,
2001.100.1968, 2001.100.1380, and 1973.35.64
Moai — Easter Island head. Whale skeletal bone. Chile, circa 1960s-70s. 2004.33.4

Polynesia
Lei niho palaoa — Whale ivory necklace. Hawaii, 19th century. 2001.100.1298 or 1299
Lei niho palaoa — Walrus ivory hook necklace. Hawaii, 19th century. 2001.100.2320
Lei niho palaoa — Elephant ivory hook necklace. Hawaii, 19th century. TBA
Lei palaoa — Beaded necklace. Hawaii, 19th century. 2001.100.2343
Kupe’e ho'okalakala — Boar-bone bracelet. Hawaii, 19th century. 2001.100.1349
Bailer for a proa or canoe. Carved wood. Maori, New Zealand, 19th Century. 00.200.735
Patu paraoa club. Sperm whale panbone. Maori, N.Z., 18th-19th Century. 2001.100.1363
Kotiate paraoa club. Sperm whale panbone. Maori, N.Z., 18th-19th Century. 2001.100.2282
Nguru nose flute. Sperm whale ivory. Maori, New Zealand, 19th Century. 2001.100.2277
Three “shark tooth” pendants.
Maori, N.Z., 19th Century. 2001.100.2128, .2129, and .2130.
Ceremonial adz. Wood. plant fiber, stone. Cook Islands, 19th C. 00.200.734 or 00.200.662
Ceremonial adz. Wood. plant fiber, stone. Cook Islands, 19th C. 00.200.734 or 00.200.662
Uu Uu battle club. Wood. Marquesas, early 19th Century. TBA
Pevi ei head ornament. Dolphin teeth. Marquesas, mid 19th Century. 2001.100.1297
Hakakai ear ornament. Whale ivory. Marquesas, mid 19th Century. 2001.100.1971
Pair of Pu’taiana ear ornaments. Whale ivory. Marquesas, 19th Century. 2001.100.2344
Fid (marlinspike) with Marquesan carving. Sperm whale bone. Mid 19th C. 2001.100.1977
Pendant amulet. Sperm whale tooth. Marquesas, mid 19th Century. 2001.100.2157
Prow ornament. Wood. Marquesas, 19th Century. 00.200.737
Moai walking stick. Easter Island (Rapa Nui), mid 19th Century 2001.100.2116
Kava bowl. Polynesia, 19th Century. 00.200.515

Micronesia
Necklace. Whale ivory, coral, plant fiber. Kiribati, 19th Century. 2001.100.2025
Headband. Dolphin teeth, shells, coral, plant fiber. Kiribati, 19th Century. 2001.100.2270
Panbone kiribatian dagger. Sperm whale bone, shark teeth, plant fiber. 19th C. 2001.100.984
Dreamtime sperm whale tooth. Aboriginee artist, Australian, 19th Century. 00.195.47

Melanesia
Tabua — Pendant sperm whale tooth necklace. Fiji, 19th Century. 2001.100.1937
Tabua — Scrimshawed Fijian sperm whale tooth. Fiji, 19th Century. 2001.100.1680
Tabua — Sperm whale tooth pendant. “WILIAM E BALEINASUVA.” Fiji, 19th C. 2001.100.2265
Wase kaseka — Sperm whale tooth necklace. Fiji, 19th Century. 2001.100.1301
Waka — Tree root club. Hybridized with rope fancywork. Fiji, 19th Century. 2001.100.1976

Mask ornament. Wood. Worsera tribe, Papua New Guinea, circa 1820. 2001.100.4260
Mask ornament. Wood. Solomon Islands, 19th Century. 00.200.784
Albatross skull. New Caledonia, 19th century. 00.200.678

Pacific, unspecified
Gourd dipper. Polynesia, circa 1850-75. 1979.48.20.3
Fly whisk. Fiji or Samoa, Polynesia, 19th Century. 00.200.715
Woven fan. Polynesia, 19th century. 1914.35.35
Straw fan. Origin unknown, 19th century. 00.200.711
Bone pendant tiki or amulet. Origin uncertain, 19th Century. 00.200.118

Indonesia
Pair of ear rings. Sperm whale ivory. Borneo, 19th Century. 2001.100.2237
Lamalera blanket. Lembata, Indonesia, 20th Century 2002.44.3

Africa
Loango elephant tusk. Southwestern Africa, 19th/early 20th Century. 00.200.276
Loango crescent hippo tooth. Southwestern Africa, 19th/early 20th Century. 00.200.278
Loango straight hippo tooth. Southwestern Africa, 19th/early 20th Century. 2001.100.1392
Loango sperm whale tooth. Southwestern Africa, 19th Century. 2001.100.1951
Loango sperm whale tooth. Southwestern Africa, 19th Century. 2001.100.1392
Loango walking stick. Southwestern Africa, 19th Century. 2007.44
The Elephant and the Crocodile. Hippo tooth. Southern Africa, 19th/20th C. 2001.100.1391
Hippopotamus harpoon. Southern Africa (Botswana or Zimbabwe), c1850-75. 2001.100.3732
Mask. Tribal origin unknown. Africa, 19th Century. 00.200.161
Jambiya — Arab knife and sheath. North Africa or Middle East, 18th/19th C. 2001.100.3732

Asia
Shinto shrine lamp. Brass. Japan, circa 14th-15th Century. 1977.41.123
Samurai short sword. Japan, 18th-19th C. (ex Captain Mercator Cooper). 1983.55.2
The Seven Lucky Gods. Sperm whale tooth. Japanese , 19th Century. 2001.100.2190
Buddhist priest. Sperm whale tooth. Japanese in the Chinese Style, 19th C. 2001.100.1295
Artisan figurine. Sperm whale tooth. Japanese in the Chinese Style, Meiji Era. 2001.100.2257
Articulated turtle. Whale ivory and whale skeletal bone . Japan, 19th Century. 2001.100.1319
Wooden model of a traditional Japanese whaleboat. Taiji, Wakayama, 1988. 2001.100.2135
Rigged model of a Chinese junk. China, circa 1910. 00.135.1
Buddhist priest. Sperm whale tooth. Attributed to China, 19th Century. 2001.100.2342
Brisé fan. Tortoise shell. China, 19th Century. 00.180.85
Copper ladle. Tibet, circa the 18th Century. 1977.41.170