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Object description

  • Northwest Coast artist
  • Hat insignia, before 1884
  • Straw, wood, plant fiber
  • Sitka, Alaska, Northwest Coast, United States
  • H: 6 in, dia.: 2 7/8 in (H: 15.2 cm, dia.: 7.3 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E1106


This is a hat insignia, normally found at the top of traditional hats for a potlatch. It has a column of four finely woven straw rings with a central hollow core.