This is a spectacular Embera tribe shaman's healing/. One of my favorite ethnographic objects in my collection.
It was made in the early 20th century; possibly a late 19th century piece..... Collected in the early 20th century by an American adventurer / explorer - who later had been employed by National Geographic (c 1950s). You can read about the fascinating Embera (Choco) peoples who are indigenous to Panama and Colombia....The Embera hunters used the highly toxic secretions of certain poisonous frogs to cover the tips of their darts.. This exceptionally rare artifact depicts a beautiful stylized frog resting on a poisoned hunting dart...... The black / blue markings on the shaft and tip of this object possibly symbolizes the traditional/geometric tattoos of the Embera..... It is believed that this object was used during magic healing ceremonies to aid the shaman in vanquishing "evil spirits" from the afflicted's body. The old label's description is incorrect - this object is not associated with any of the indigenous tribes of the Amazon. None of the Amazonian tribes had ever used the juices of Poison dart frogs.... This intriguing and unique method of hunting was employed only by the Embera of Panama / Colombia... It measures 14 inches in length. A beautiful, old and very rare South American tribal artifact. SEE PHOTOS FOR BEST DESCRIPTION..... The item "South American Embera (Choco) Tribe Shaman's Magic Frog Stick. Early 20th cent" is in sale since Monday, September 13, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "skeletonsandbunnies" and is located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. This item can be shipped worldwide.