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Helmet

Object Number:NA5740
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Provenience: United States of America
Alaska
Klukwan
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Locus: Kaagwaantaan Clan
Drum House
Section:American
Materials:Shell
Wood
Pigment
Hair
Hide
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedtion to the Northwest Coast, Louis Shotridge, 1917
Other Number:HT3 - Other Number

Description

War Helmet entitled "Murrelet." Conical, wooden hat base carved from wood with a wooden figure of a seated Murrelet bird attached on top. The bird is attached to the helmet with a leather thong. Three rows of six dark brown tufts of hair protrude from the wings and tail. Abalone shell inlay decorates the bird's eyes and wings along with painted and carved formline designs on the wings, back, and tail. The bird is primarily painted black with details in white, red, and green. The hat itself is conical with an outwardly flaring rim. The lower half is painted green while the upper half is carved in low relief with figures and faces painted green, brown, white, and brownish red. Hide straps are attached to the interior to affix the helmet to the wearer's head.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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

Bibliography:

[Catalogue, Exhibition] 1972. American Indian Art: Form and Tradition.. New York. E.P. Dutton and Co., Inc. pg. 154 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 131/Cat No 445View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Collection] Williams, Lucy F. 2003. Guide to the North American Ethnographic Collection at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 32, pl. 23View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Barsness, Kristin J., and Kaplan, Susan A. 1986. Raven's Journey.. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 174, fig. 178; p. 68, fig. 36View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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