From: United States of America | Alaska | Klukwan (uncertain)

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number NA1287A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tlingit
Provenience United States of America | Alaska | Klukwan (uncertain)
Culture Area Northwest Coast Culture Area
Locus Klukwan Kaagwaantaan Clan? | Klukwan Dagisdinaa Clan?
Section American
Materials Copper | Caribou Hide | Fur | Abalone Shell | Musk Ox Horn | Wood

Dagger made from copper. The blade has two longitudinal grooves on either side of a center line- a result of a reinforcing rib of copper added to strengthen the blade. The hilt is an extension of the blade and of the same copper wrapped with a caribou hide strip. The pommel is made from musk-ox horn with fur around the back and edges and represents a bear. The bear's eyes are inlaid with abalone shell and bands of copper cover the lips, eyebrows, and nostrils, each secured with tiny copper nails. A plate at the base of the blade is also made from musk-ox horn and is held in place with copper rivets.

Length 52.5 cm
Width 6 cm
Credit Line Alaska Ethnological Expedition, George Byron Gordon, 1905

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