Totemic dance paddle and Shaman’s pipe headlining sale

ROCKLAND, Ma. — Willis Henry Auctions, Inc. will present hundreds of pieces of tribal art and artifacts during its American Indian & Ethnographic Art Auction May 26.

Northwest Coast, cedar, totemic animal carved in relief with claws and single eye, painted in black on opposite side, 26 1/2" l., carries a presale estimate of $200-300. (Photo courtesy Willis Henry)

Northwest Coast, cedar, totemic animal carved in relief with claws and single eye, painted in black on opposite side, 26 1/2″ l., carries a presale estimate of $200-300. (Photo courtesy Willis Henry)

The sale is featuring four major collections: the John P. Richardson Collection of Hingham, Massachusetts including Southwestern paintings; prehistoric stone artifacts from the late Roland E. Engstrom Collection; other prehistoric items acquired from a Florida collector include a birdstone, a boatstone and pottery; the Manhattan Estate of Stefan Brecht, includes four pieces of Mimbres pottery;  a Connecticut family consigned a collection of baskets (Southwest and Northwest Coast with histories), Pueblo pottery ollas, seed and water jars, dough bowls, Hopi Kachina dolls, and an outstanding array of Plains beadwork.

Among the standout pieces featured in this auction is a :

• Totemic dance paddle

•  Ivory harpoon heads, kayak models

• Rare Shaman’s pipe in the form of a bear

• Haida dagger fragment mounted on stand

Inukjuak hunter with fish in bag on back and holding a knife in one hand and fish in the other, 13" h, 11" l, 5" w. is expected to fetch $1,500-2,000. (Photo courtesy Willis Henry Auctions)

Inukjuak hunter with fish in bag on back and holding a knife in one hand and fish in the other, 13″ h, 11″ l, 5″ w. is expected to fetch
$1,500-2,000. (Photo courtesy Willis Henry Auctions)

• Inuit stone cut prints and a small collection of finely carved signed Inuit soapstone figures

• Bronze statue of a Native American fisherman by Jud Hartmann

• Several good examples of Navajo weavings in wonderful colors and designs.

The auction catalog can be seen on-line at www.willishenryauctions.com and the public is invited to view the auction (Saturday, May 25th, from 12-5 pm, and Sunday morning from 9-11 am), and attend the auction starting at 11 am at the Holiday Inn in Rockland, Massachusetts (929 Hingham Street) on May 26, 2013. Please call Willis Henry Auctions, Inc. at 781-834-7774 for any information needed. A fully illustrated color catalog is available for $20.

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