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Body Stamp

Object Number:NA1265
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chilkat
Tlingit
Provenience: Alaska
Klukwan
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Wood
Length: 14.4 cm
Width: 6.2 cm
Credit Line:Alaska Ethnological Expedition, George Byron Gordon, 1905

Description

A wooden body stamp with a handle at one end. The design is carved in relief and includes a central eye surrounded by concentric rings. Stylized rectangles are carved above and below the eye. 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

Bibliography:

[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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