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Hat

Museum number:
2-6444
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21020006444
Alternate number:
x-2637 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.167
Object count:
1
Count note:
1
Description:
Hunting hat. Bentwood, painted with red, black, blue and yellow green designs following form of helmet, inter-spaced with circles filled with rays. One blue, one white and one millifiore bead with yarn on walrus or sea lion whiskers. Ivory or whalebone piece attached to back with sinew. Braided sinew chin strap, side decorations of hair and sinew. Center string red and yellow. Used to protect eyes from sun and salt spray while men hunted in kayak.
Donor:
Alaska Commercial Company, Benjamin Bristol, and Older University Collections
Collection place:
Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Verbatim coll. place:
Alaska
Culture or time period:
Aleut and Eastern Aleut
Collector:
unknown
Collection date:
1898
Materials:
Bentwood, Paint (coating) ("tlingit blue;" yellow; red), and Whisker (hair material) (sea mammal)
Taxon:
Odobenus rosmarus
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.1 Daily Garb
Accession date:
1904
Context of use:
To protect eyes from salt spray and sun in kayak. Sometimes these hats are donned with volutes, often detailed with spurred spirals, and circular patterns that suggest roots in Amur River and Bering Sea decoration.
Department:
Cat. 2 - North America (except Mexico and Central America)
Dimensions:
height 27 centimeters and length 45.5 centimeters
Comment:
CONSERVATION: vacuumed October 1986. Published: "Aleut Art", Lydia Black, P. IXg (color). Probable materials: From 1990's Judy Polanch NAGPRA inventory notes: "Blackhawk" Published in Black, Lydia, and Sergeĭ Vasilʹevich Ivanov. Glory remembered: wooden headgear of Alaska sea hunters. Univ of Washington Pr, 1991.
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