t’aas k’ii (Walking Stick)

About this object

Narrative

Made as a wedding gift for the son of William Henry Collison, whose wedding took place in 1900.

Physical description

Walking stick with a serpent twined around the cane. The serpent has two circular abalone shell inlaid eyes, two nostrils, and a thin mouth on its head while its body has a central linear band of u form scales with a tiny diamond-shaped pattern at either side around the rest of its body. The ivory handle is a frog surmounted by a larger frog that is holding and connected by the tongue to a third frog. The main large frog has circular abalone shell inlaid eyes surrounded by a plain carved tapering oval with an upraised brow above, six circular abalone shell inlaid pieces vertically down along the back, and a circular abalone shell inlaid piece within an ovoid at each upper limb along with a pair of similar eyes in ovoids on the haunches. The other frogs are plainly carved with the medium sized frog at the base and the smaller frog in the mouth. There is a silver band with a raven design at the base of the ivory frog handle. The raven has has a circle in circle in tapering oval eye surrounded by an ovoid, a sideways split u, an ovoid in ovoid, a pair of u forms within larger ones, a sideways split u, an ovoid in ovoid, and three u forms at the tail. Diamond-shaped and triangular abalone shell inlaid pieces go around an angular upraised base at the base of the silver band. Twelve circular abalone shell inlaid pieces go around the length of the cane.