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

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number NA1288A
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 Dakl'aweidi Clan?
Section American
Materials Copper | Caribou Hide | Musk Ox Horn | Abalone Shell

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 and represents a wolf. The wolf's eyes are inlaid with abalone shell and bands of copper cover the lips, eyebrows, and nostrils, each secured with tiny copper nails. The wolf's tongue is also made from copper. A plate at the base of the blade is also made from musk-ox horn and is held in place with copper rivets. Lighter patina on pommel compared to NA1288B, an almost identical dagger. Fits with dagger sheath NA1288C.

Length 50.8 cm
Width 10 cm
Credit Line Alaska Ethnological Expedition, George Byron Gordon, 1905

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