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Object description

  • Tlingit artist
  • Drinking cup, before 1824
  • Spruce root, grass, dye
  • Northwest Coast, North America
  • H: 6 1/2 in, dia.: 3 1/8 in (H: 16.5 cm, dia.: 7.9 cm)
  • Gift of Thomas Meek, 1827
  • E3505
  • Woven to be watertight
  • Used for drinking medicinal sea water

Tlingit women wove these athle yet ("salt-water cups") for men. They would drink sea water to purge and purify their bodies, hoping to prevent sickness and bring good fortune in hunting, fishing, and gambling.