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Headdress

Object Number:NA10510
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Provenience: United States of America
Alaska
Haines
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Wood
Fur
Abalone
Pigment
Mallard Feather
Hide
Length: 20 cm
Width: 27.5 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1925
Other Number:90 - Other Number

Description

Headdress or frontlet entitled "Hawk Dish." The carved wood depicts a hawk's face, which is duplicated on the opposite side. Red paint is used around the eyes and lips and white paint is used for the whites of the eyes and along the forehead. Traces of a greenish paint are present around the eyes, as well. Black paint is used in the space between the two faces. Abalone shell inlay is used for the eyes, around the perimeter of the faces, inside the mouths, and along the sides of the headdress between the two faces. The white-painted beaks are each made from two joined pieces of wood which curve downward and protrude into the hawks' mouths. The upper edge of the wooden carving is left open and lined with brown fur above the shell inlay. The carving is set over a hide cap covered with iridescent, mallard duck feathers. Hide straps are attached to the bottom of the hide cap to affix the headdress to the wearer's head.

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