Native American

Loon Comb

Artist: Stan Hill
Culture/People: Mohawk
Place: Northeast
Media: Deer antler
Dims: List dimensions
Date: 1991
RTC No: NA1121b
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011


The comb is a tiny, but magnificent, rendition of a loon, with openwork carving of spur-like fronds and overhanging shore foliage echoing the lunette-like handle that encompasses the loon with perfect serenity. It takes a magnifying glass held closely to the comb to sense the delicate etched detailing of leaves, feathers, and even the loon’s bill, that show how deeply observant Stan was of nature’s finery. Ted greatly admired Stan Hill’s work calling him the greatest Mohawk artist “whom it was my great good luck to encounter.”

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