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The frontal orientation of this piece is a little out of the ordinary for a rattle and is more on the order of the arrangement of such a figure on a totem pole: upright and facing forward. Perhaps the carver took his inspiration from a particular family monument or tradition. The bird’s position recalls that of an eagle or an owl perched upright on a limb.
depth 2.25 in ; height 9.5 in ; width 2.75 in