Shaman’s wooden combs

  • Exhibition Text

    • Shaman’s wooden combs. These were used to fasten the hair on top of the head. The comb on the left represents a bear tearing a man to pieces; the one in the center, a bear holding a salmon; and the one on the right, a bear and an eagle. 

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  • Collection Information

    • (Left)
      COMB
      Catalog No: E/ 2069
      Culture: TLINGIT, SITKA QWAN
      Locale: AK, SITKA BOROUGH, BARANOF ISLAND, SITKA, SITKA QWAN
      Region: NORTHWEST COAST
      Country: USA
      Material: WOOD, ABALONE, TEETH
      Dimensions: L:17 W:9.5 [in CM]
      Subject: A BEAR TEARING A MAN TO PIECES
      Acquisition Year: 1894 [EXPEDITION]
      Donor: EMMONS, GEORGE T., LT.   

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      (Middle)
      COMB
      Catalog No: E/ 2038
      Culture: TLINGIT, SITKA QWAN
      Locale: AK, SITKA BOROUGH, BARANOF ISLAND, SITKA, SITKA QWAN
      Region: NORTHWEST COAST
      Country: USA
      Material: WOOD, METAL (COPPER), BONE
      Dimensions: L:19 W:6.5 [in CM]
      Subject: BEAR SITTING ON HAUNCHES WITH SALMON IN FOREPAWS, ON BACK ARE 2 HAWK SPIRITS
      Acquisition Year: 1894 [EXPEDITION]
      Donor: EMMONS, GEORGE T., LT.   

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      (Right)
      COMB, SHAMAN'S, CARVED
      Catalog No: 19 / 449
      Culture: TLINGIT, CHILKOOT
      Locale: AK, HAINES BOROUGH, CHILKOOT, BELOW INDERSTUKHA
      Region: NORTHWEST COAST
      Country: USA
      Material: WOOD
      Dimensions: L:14.5 W:6 [in CM]
      Acquisition Year: 1869-1890
      Donor: EMMONS, GEORGE T., LT.   

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