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Object description

  • Tlingit artist
  • Drinking cup, before 1824
  • Spruce root, grass, maidenhair fern, plant fiber
  • Northwest Coast, North America
  • H: 5 1/8 in, dia.: 3 1/8 in (H: 13.0 cm, dia.: 7.9 cm)
  • Gift of Thomas Meek, 1827
  • E3504
  • Exemplifies important intercultural connections of the 19th century
  • Created in Pacific Northwest Coast, but donated from Hawai'i

This watertight cup, or athele yet ("salt-water cups"), woven by a Tlingit woman, underscores the centrality of the Pacific Northwest Coast as a major international trade hub during the 19th century. This cup belonged to King Kamehameha of Hawai'i prior to its donation to PEM by Kamehameha's business associate.