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Bladder festival model

Museum number:
2-4573
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21020004573
Alternate number:
x-719 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.167
Object count:
1
Count note:
1
Description:
Model of annual (each December) bladder festival festivities in the men's social house (karigi). All human figures are walrus ivory, many have separately carved arms. 3 standing figures, 14 figures (2 holding drums) resting on ivory railing. Base is wood board with red margin and central area. 2 carved and painted wood bladders, 1 carved ivory bird with remnant of feathers suspended from top. Master of Ceremonies wears a crown with black dots. Includes models of bladders, a bird, and wild parsnip torches.
Donor:
Alaska Commercial Company, Benjamin Bristol, and Older University Collections
Collection place:
Yukon River, Yukon, Yukon-Koyukuk Borough
Verbatim coll. place:
; Yukon River
Culture or time period:
Alaskan Eskimo
Collector:
unknown
Collection date:
1898
Materials:
Ivory (material), Ocher (pigment), and Wood (plant material)
Taxon:
Odobenus rosmarus
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
5.7 Gifts, Novelties, Models, Reproductions (excluding currency), Commemorative Medals, and Forgeries
Accession date:
1904
Department:
Cat. 2 - North America (except Mexico and Central America)
Dimensions:
base— width 38 centimeters and base— length 28 centimeters
Comment:
Conservation: 50/50 solution applied to wood. Remarks: "See Ray, Esk. Masks, pp. 36 ff and Nelson, pp. __ ff.
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