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Neck Ornament

Object Number:NA8471
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Provenience: United States of America
Alaska
Sitka
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Hide
Quill
Pigment
Length: 75 cm
Width: 14.5 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1918

Description

An animal hide and dyed porcupine quill patterned neckpiece. The general shape is a soft "U" with the upper ends turned horizontal. Porcupine quills are dyed and arranged in four panels of three-sided boxes with a horizontal line through the fourth open side. Panels use white and orange dyed quills. Panels are separated by either horizontal or vertical bands in orange and purple quills. The ends of the neckpiece are undecorated. The lower edge has a thin band of orange quills along the entire width of the neckpiece. Hide fringe hangs from the bottom and is partially wrapped with white and purple dyed quills. The primary line design made with quill work is similar to a Tlingit basketry pattern called "box around the cross" (Paul, Frances L., Spruce Root Basketry of the Alaska Tlingit, 1944 p. 61).

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