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Object description

  • Northwest Coast artist
  • Ornamental Lip Labrets, about 1800
  • Wood
  • Northwest Coast, United States
  • L: 1 2/8 in, L: 2 5/8 in, L: 3 in (L: 3.2 cm, L: 6.7 cm, L: 7.6 cm)
  • Gift of Israel Williams, 1803
  • E3484


This is a set of three labrets of increasing sizes carved out of wood. Further Remarks: Piercing of the bottom lip allowed the insertion of successively larger wooden plugs (labrets), which in time distended the lip. Worn by women, labrets demonstrated prestige, status, and age.