A superb Northwest Coast fighting knife with a finial carved as a bear's head, of mountain sheep horn, inlays of abalone, and hide binding for handle and wrist cord. Tlingit Tribe, circa 1840s or earlier.
Provenance: Acquired from K.A. Webster in 1947
for the James Hooper Collection. It bears the Collection No. 1564.
Acquired by A. De Menil in 1976.
Hooper, J.T. & Burland, C.A., The Art of Primitive Peoples, London, 1953.
Christie's London, American Indian Art from the James Hooper Collection, Lot 172, 11/76.
The A. De Menil Collection, 1976.
N. Bancroft Hunt & W. Foreman, People of the Totem, P. 66, Putnam & Sons, N.Y. 1979.
Brown, Steven, Native Visions, P. 83, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle & London, 1998. (Also exhibited).
Height: 20 inches (51 cm.)