From: United States of America | Alaska | Wrangell

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number NA9474
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tlingit
Provenience United States of America | Alaska | Wrangell
Culture Area Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section American
Materials Wood | Ermine | Pigment | Abalone Shell | Feather | Whisker | Leather | Baleen
Iconography Moon | Raven

Peace headdress or frontlet entitled "Child of the Moon." The cap structure is made from pieces of tanned skin stitched together with leather straps to secure it and baleen strips to stabilize it. The carved wood depicts a crouching bird figure in high relief over a sun and moon. Abalone shell inlay is used around the perimeter of the carved wood, for the eyes and teeth of the figure, the eyes of the sun, and for the moon. Wood is painted red, green and black. On either side of the carving are orange and black feathers. The top of the headdress is lined with sea lion whiskers. Below the whiskers, a long train of four tiers of white ermine pelts is attached to the back of the cap portion using baleen strips. The pelts are stitched onto a coarse, woven cloth that extends the length of the train.

Height 40 cm
Length 90 cm
Width 65 cm
Credit Line Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1924
Other Number 45 - Other Number

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