Object photography

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Object description

  • Tlingit artist
  • Hat, before 1829
  • Cedar bark, spruce root, leather, pigment
  • Norfolk Sound, Pacific Northwest Coast, Alaska, United States
  • H: 5 1/2 in, dia.: 14 in (H: 14.0 cm, dia.: 35.6 cm)
  • Donor unknown, 1829
  • E3646
  • An everyday hat embellished with painted family crest
  • Painted crest affirms ancestral ties

Typically an everyday rain hat was used to protect the wearer from the elements, the fine weave and addition of a painted crest--thought to represent a beaver--elevates the hat's value and ceremonial importance. This hat would have been reserved for formal occasions.