Under-sea Grizzly Bear


From: Alaska | Klukwan

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Title Under-sea Grizzly Bear
Object Number NA5739
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tlingit
Provenience Alaska | Klukwan
Culture Area Northwest Coast Culture Area
Locus Kaagwaantaan Clan | Drum House
Section American
Materials Shell | Wood | Pigment | Copper | Spruce Root | Hair

Helmet entitled "Under-sea Grizzly Bear." Carved from one piece of wood with a bear's face in high relief over a conical hat base. A low relief face is painted on the back. Painted green, black, brown, and red. The front face includes abalone shell inlay for the eyes, between the nose, and above the lips. Inlay is missing from two spots above the proper right side of the lip. The lips themselves are painted red and a tongue made from a copper plate sticks out between them. A strip of animal hide is inserted into the mouth. The nostrils are painted red and eyebrows are black. A vertical, white line is painted between the eyes to the tip of the nose. Two ears are carved at the sides of the head with tufts of black hair inserted into the wood just above the ears. The low relief face on the back of the helmet is painted brown. Top-stock of seven spruce root basketry rings painted green attached to one another and the helmet with leather straps. Leather straps are also attached to the interior to affix the helmet to the wearer's head.

Height 35.56 Measurement Unit Not Provided
Outside Diameter 30.48 Measurement Unit Not Provided
Credit Line Wanamaker Expedtion to the Northwest Coast, Louis Shotridge, 1917
Other Number HT1 - Field No SF

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