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Hair Ornament

Object Number:NA4979
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Alaska
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Length: 8.6 cm
Width: 9.8 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from G. T. Emmons, 1916


Iron hair ornament that attaches to a young girl's hair braid. V-shaped with a deep notch in the center. Both arms have a longitudinal ridge and terminate in a spiral with a hole at the center of the spiral. The hole would have likely been filled with an abalone shell inlay. The lower edge of each arm is somewhat thinned and the entire ornament bears similarities to Northwest Coast dagger pommels.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Raven\'s Journey: The World of Alaska\'s Native People ( Nov 1986 - Feb 2010) View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Barsness, Kristin J., and Kaplan, Susan A. 1986. Raven's Journey.. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 191, fig. 214View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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