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Neck Ornament

Object Number:NA7633
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Provenience: Alaska
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Wool
Silk
Bead
Cotton
Shell
Metal
Technique:Beaded
Length: 36.6 cm
Width: 16.9 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedtion to the Northwest Coast, Louis Shotridge, 1917

Description

Dance collar or neck ornament with beaded designs. The collar is a horizontal rectangle made from red wool with a black border. A beaded, floral design is done in light blue, dark blue, purple, pink, yellow, white, black, and green beads. The ends of the collar have two metal clasps that would secure it to the wearer's neck. The reverse of the collar portion has a printed floral pattern in black. A bird-shaped pendant hangs below, also made from red wool with a black border. The bird has beaded decoration in pink, white, black, dark blue, light blue, mauve, and yellow beads. Large ovoid designs are beaded around the joints and feathers are beaded along the wings. The bird's eyes are made from pearl buttons. The edge of the bird is lined with white beads.

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