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Knife

Object Number:NA11763
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Provenience: United States of America
Alaska
Southeast Alaska
Sitka (uncertain)
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Locus: Star House
Sitka Kaagwaantaan Clan
Section:American
Materials:Metal
Wood
Abalone Shell
Copper
Hide
Length: 30.5 cm
Width: 7 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1927
Other Number:137 - Other Number

Description

Knife with a wooden pommel carved to represent a Wolf emblem and a "Wolf on the trail of his prey" (LS). The blade is made from steel with a medial ridge on one side. The handle is wrapped with an animal hide strap with twisted thread tied toward the pommel end. The Wolf emblem pommel is made from wood shaped as a wolf's head in profile. Abalone shell inlay is used for the wolf's ears, eyes, nostrils, and teeth. The pommel design is repeated on the reverse. Said to have been used to kill the bear whose skin became a headdress, NA11764.

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