AMERICAN INDIAN WOODLANDS / GREAT LAKES CEREMONIAL CUP
AMERICAN INDIAN WOODLANDS / GREAT LAKES CEREMONIAL CUP
AMERICAN INDIAN WOODLANDS / GREAT LAKES CEREMONIAL CUP
AMERICAN INDIAN WOODLANDS / GREAT LAKES CEREMONIAL CUP
AMERICAN INDIAN WOODLANDS / GREAT LAKES CEREMONIAL CUP
AMERICAN INDIAN WOODLANDS / GREAT LAKES CEREMONIAL CUP
AMERICAN INDIAN WOODLANDS / GREAT LAKES CEREMONIAL CUP

AMERICAN INDIAN WOODLANDS / GREAT LAKES CEREMONIAL CUP

19th century AMERICAN

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This rare and beautiful ceremonial cup with handle is carved in two parts, probably in maple, the handle being anchored to the cup with the help of a thin band of brass. The seated figure of a man smoking a pipe, with a small bear looking up at him, implies a "dialogue" between the two, suggesting a ceremonial use for the cup. The peoples of this region believed bears to have medicinal, healing qualities, which would support the suggestion that this wonderfully crafted cup is more than just a functional or decorative artefact. The man has enigmatic, simplified features, and is wearing a kind of tunic with a belt and a round, flat headdress; the handle is decorated with chip carving; the cup has very thinly carved sides, with an inset base which is branded (perhaps later) with the letters "T S". One arm of bear is replaced. American, Woodland Peoples, mid - late 19th century.

Height 7" (17.8cm)

Diameter 4" (10.2cm)
Dimensions
Height 7.00 inch (17.78 cm)
Diameter 4.00 inch (10.16 cm)
Stock Code
3064M2
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