Dance Baton


From: Alaska

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number NA9498
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tlingit
Provenience Alaska
Culture Area Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section American
Materials Wood | Pigment | Hair | Ermine Fur | Swan Skin
Iconography Crane

Dance baton that depicts a heron sitting in a tree (LSDA). The lower half of the baton is made from a rounded piece of a wood and the upper half is a flat piece of wood depicting a heron at the top. The two halves are separated by a ring of white, eagle down feathers. The flat portion of the baton is painted with formline designs in black, red, and green pigments. The lower section of this half is painted with an animal head with black hair inserted behind the head. The middle section is painted with a face with its mouth open. The upper section is the carved heron which has an ermine pelt in its mouth. A second ring of white, eagle feather down separates the middle and upper sections of the top half of the baton. The heron's wings and tail are added on to the staff and there is a face painted on the tail. Abalone shell inlay is used for the heron's eyes and the eyes of the face on the heron's tail. Black hair is inserted along the top of the heron's head.

Length 303 cm
Width 30.4 cm
Credit Line Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1923

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