Body Stamp

Object Number:NA1264
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Alaska
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Length: 17.1 cm
Width: 4.3 cm
Credit Line:Alaska Ethnological Expedition, George Byron Gordon, 1905


A wooden body stamp with a handle at one end. The design is carved in relief and represents a small tina or copper shield. It includes an upper section with a central eye flanked above and below by stylized rectangles, suggesting ears. The lower section is split vertically with a curved design of three lines on each side, suggesting ribs. The stamp would be coated in animal fat, then covered with colored pigments before being applied to a dancer's skin.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Alaskan Northwest Coast Collection ( Feb 1926) View Objects in Exhibition
Five Thousand Years of Vanity (06 Jan 1944 - 28 Feb 1944) View Objects in Exhibition
Raven's Journey: The World of Alaska's Native People ( Nov 1986 - Feb 2010) View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Barsness, Kristin J., and Kaplan, Susan A. 1986. Raven's Journey.. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 190, fig. 213View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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