Among the Iroquois, carving was traditionally men's work, and they were adept at transforming wooden utensils into works of art-a skill particularly evident in the diverse human and animal effigies that adorn the handles of ladles. This elaborately carved handle finial, depicting a dog watching a human eating, ornaments a mid-19th-century Seneca ladle from the Tonawanda Reservation in New York.
New York State Museum
Albany, New York, on loan to Akwesasne Museum, Hogansburg, New York

Scott Catalogue USA: 3873i

Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.

Museum ID: 2005.2003.111.9


  • Title: 37c Seneca Carving stamp
  • Creator: United States Postal Service
  • Date Created: 2004-08-24
  • Subject Keywords: Seneca Carving, stamp
  • Medium: paper; ink (multicolored) / photogravure

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