Staff Top


From: Alaska | Klukwan

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number NA9468
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tlingit
Provenience Alaska | Klukwan
Culture Area Northwest Coast Culture Area
Locus Klukwan Kaagwaantaan Clan | Fin House
Section American
Materials Wood | Hair | Pigment | Hide

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).

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

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