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Shaman’s wooden combs

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.

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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. 

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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