This group of 23 ethnographical pieces was donated by the widow of Captain A.
Collection of 23 ethnographical specimens & pieces of jewellery by Unknown Artist
© British Museum
- Acquired in:
- Presented by:
- E W Fuller through The Art Fund
W.F. Fuller, collector of ethnographic art and honorary curator at the British Museum since 1918. It includes fine specimens of the tribal arts from the western Eskimo area as well as specimens and pieces of jewellery from Tibet, Zaire, Ghana, Sudan and Zanzibar. This 19th century Chief's Raven Rattle (main illustration) from the Northern Northwest Coast is among the countless examples of this type to survive. The raven enjoys mythical status in this part of the world as a trickster and glutton, and is used by chiefs on ceremonial occasions. Their presence always implies contact with the supernatural and the ancestral forces. The raven's belly is decorated with the carving of a hawk. The meaning of the figure of a reclining man resting his head on the raven's ears still remains mysterious.