Object photography

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Object description

  • Penobscot artist
  • Collar, mid-19th century
  • Wool, glass, silk
  • Maine, Northeastern United States, United States
  • L: 23 in, W: 23 3/8 in, D: 1/4 in (L: 58.4 cm, W: 59.4 cm, D: .6 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 1928
  • E21473
  • Worn by important male leaders
  • Decorated with double-curve motif, symbol of balance and unity

Among the Penobscot of Maine, wearing large beaded collars, called pa'tan, indicated a man's high status within the community. The beaded double-curve motif, a design that occurs throughout the Northeast, represents, in part, tribal unity.