Body Stamp


From: Alaska

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number NA5702
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tlingit
Provenience Alaska
Culture Area Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section American
Materials Wood

A wooden body stamp carved with a frog's foot or raven's foot design (Emmons, ed. de Laguna, 1991, p. 250). The design is carved in relief and includes a central eye with three feet above it. Handle at one end. The stamp would be coated in animal fat, then covered with colored pigments before being applied to a dancer's skin.

Length 15.5 cm
Width 4 cm
Credit Line Wanamaker Expedtion to the Northwest Coast, Louis Shotridge, 1917

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