Slave Killer, Pacific Northwest Coast Native American Art
The Slave Killer

A Columbia River prehistoric "Slave Killer" club
represents a stylized wolf carved in quartzite.
Stone clubs from this region date to the pre-contact
period prior to the 18th Century, and may
well have been carved many hundreds of years
before the earliest contact with Europeans.

It is not certain what the precise usage was, but
the term "Slave Killer" was used since the 18th Century
to describe a club of similar configuration which was used
by chiefs of certain Pacific Northwest Coast tribes
to kill a slave at a ceremony, as a demonstration
of power and extravagance.

The club is inscribed with "Clatsop County, Oregon,"
reportedly by a museum.


Provenance:  Deaccessioned from a museum in Texas.
The Foundation for Cultural Preservation, Palo Alto, Ca.


Literature:  cf. Charles Miles, Indian & Eskimo Artifacts
of North America, New York, 1986, P. 148, Fig. 6.19.
Ralph Coe, Sacred Circles: Two Thousand Years of
North American Indian Art, London, 1976, P. 70, Fig. 50.


Length: 14 1/4 inches..................SOLD.