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Salish Spindle Whorl - William Robertson - 20th Century
Salish wood whorl. Spindle whorl, used by the Coast Salish during spinning to prevent the wool slipping from the spindle. Country of Origin: Northwest Coast of America. Culture: Salish. This spindle whorl is decorated with a human figure in a foetal position, a common motif in NWC design.. A human figure, seated between two otters that curve to form an arc over the seated figure's head. The central circle of the figure's head echoes the overall shape of the image, which is in turn repeated by the figure's round, open mouth.
Human Figure and the two Otters are accented with Paua Shell eyes
Size: 7 inches in diameter
Condition: very good
Signed: On back WILLIAM ROBERTSON
Weight: 2 Oz's.
Acquired from a collector of Salish art in Vancouver Island in the 1970's.