Ovoid form in two parts, filled with pebbles, with cylindrical handle. Largely natural-colored wood with stylized, painted male face. Wide, arched, black eyebrows, pursed red lips, and four tufts of hair at the top of the head.
Collected by Captain Ira Harris (b. 1843), who served with Rear Admiral David Farragut aboard the steam sloop U.S. Hartford (1862-1866). Descended through Harris' family to his grandson and wife Thomas and Lillian Willins. The Willins consigned the piece to George Morril who consigned it to George Bell who sold the piece. The new owners sold the piece to Skinner, Inc. The Museum purchased the piece at a Skinner auction on January 9, 1993.
Seth K. Sweetser Fund
Native American (Tlingit), 1850–66