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Knife

Object Number:NA9221A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Provenience: Alaska
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Iron
Hide
Length: 32.5 cm
Width: 7.5 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1918

Description

Fighting or war knife made from one piece of worked iron. The blade has three flutes down the entire length on one side only. The hilt is wrapped with an animal hide strip. A decorative pommel has a terraced surface leading to a scalloped edge. A face is fashioned on the pommel with two eyes and a mouth with downturned corners. The pommel may represent a sun.

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