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Body Stamp

Object Number:NA1266
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chilkat
Tlingit
Provenience: Alaska
Klukwan
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Wood
Length: 10.9 cm
Width: 3.4 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 an eye at the bottom, a wide and curving rectangle in the center, and two vertically-oriented rectangles at the top, suggesting feathers. 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

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