Hair Ornament


From: Alaska

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number NA4979
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tlingit
Provenience Alaska
Culture Area Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section American
Materials Iron

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.

Length 8.6 cm
Width 9.8 cm
Credit Line Purchased from G. T. Emmons, 1916

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