Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2006-2012.
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On View Wheatland Family Gallery, level 2

Object description

  • Unangax^ (Aleut) artist
  • Hat, 1820s
  • Wood, glass, pigment, plant fiber
  • Unalaska, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United States
  • H: 10 in, W: 7 1/2 in, D: 18 in (H: 25.4 cm, W: 19.0 cm, D: 45.7 cm)
  • Gift of Thomas Meek via William Osgood, 1830
  • E3486


This is an ornamented chief's visor used in ritual hunting, and/or sometimes warfare. The wooden hat has an elongated visor with loops of large colored glass beads extending down the front. The visor is made of one piece of wood that was steamed and bent into its shape. Colorful, horizontal bands of light blue, red, yellow and black paint extend around the perimeter of the hat. Three small carved ivory birds are perched at the top of the hat, and incised metal disks are attached at each side. Sea lion whiskers are attached at the back.

Exhibition History

  • Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art from the Peabody Essex Museum, Washington State Historical Society; October 11, 2005 through February 09, 2006
  • Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; January 14, 2012 through April 29, 2012
  • Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997