From: Alaska | Klukwan (uncertain)

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number NA1286A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tlingit
Provenience Alaska | Klukwan (uncertain)
Culture Area Northwest Coast Culture Area
Locus Klukwan Dagisdinaa Clan?
Section American
Materials Copper | Caribou Hide | Musk Ox Horn | Abalone Shell | Wood

Dagger made from copper. The blade has two longitudinal grooves on either side of a center line- a result of a reinforcing rib of copper added to strengthen the blade. The hilt is an extension of the blade covered by two pieces of wood wrapped with a caribou hide strip. The pommel is made from copper and represents a sun. The sun has facial features with eyes and teeth inlaid with abalone shell. The sun pommel is also a rattle. A plate at the base of the blade is made from musk-ox horn and is held in place with copper rivets.

Length 56 cm
Width 11.3 cm
Credit Line Alaska Ethnological Expedition, George Byron Gordon, 1905

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