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Headdress

Object Number:NA10830
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Provenience: Alaska
Killisnoo
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Locus: Teikweidi Clan
Section:American
Materials:Wood
Bone
Pigment
Ermine
Feather
Cloth
Hide
Iconography:Bear
Frog
Width: 30 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1926
Other Number:Shotridge 99 - Field No SF

Description

Headdress or frontlet entitled "The Bear Bearing the Frog." The carved wood depicts a hawk's face and wings over top an animal head which appears to have horns. A thin, white paint covers most of the carving while red and black paints detail the animal faces and wings. Abalone shell inlay is used for the teeth and eyes of each animal head, as well as in the wings and around the perimeter of the carving. Flanking the carving, an ermine pelt is attached on either side and oriented with its head pointed downward. Red felt is attached around the sides and top of the carving. The top of the headdress is lined with sea lion whiskers. Below the whiskers on the top and back of the headdress, orange and black flicker feathers are attached with multiple rows of gray feathers below those. Below the gray feathers is a section of white down feathers along the back. Finally, below the down feathers, a long train of four tiers of white ermine pelts is attached to an animal hide backing. The carving is set over a hide cap covered with brown feathers.

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