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Staff Top

Object Number:NA9468
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Alaska
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Locus: Klukwan Kaagwaantaan Clan
Fin House
Height: 5.5 cm
Length: 20 cm
Width: 8.6 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1923
Other Number:16 - Other Number


Staff top in the form of a wooden eagle. Painted black and green with hair ornamentation on the head, wings, and tail. The reverse has designs carved in low relief. The claws are perforated with a strip of rawhide inserted through. Said to be the original crest of the Eagle Moiety of the Tlingit Nation. Possessed in an early time when the Eagle emblem was born into popularity. Also said to have been used as a top piece for a war helmet and a staff top at different times (LS).

Current & Past Exhibitions:

The Shadow Catcher: E.S. Curtis (01 Feb 1980 - 01 Aug 1980) View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue, Collection] Williams, Lucy F. 2003. Guide to the North American Ethnographic Collection at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 33, pl. 24View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Gunther, Erna. 1962. Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Exhibit at the Seattle World's Fair Fine Arts Pavilion.. University of Washington. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 63, fig. 42View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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