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Maker(s):Anonymous
Culture:Native American; Tlingit
Title:Dagger Handle
Date Made:n.d.
Type:Hunting
Materials:ivory
Place Made:Canada; Northern British Columbian Coast; Southern Alaska; British Columbia
Measurements:5 x 1 5/8 x 2 in.; 12.7 x 4.1275 x 5.08 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1960.145
Credit Line:Gift of Charlotte Heussy McAllister, class of 1930
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Description:
Carved ivory handle shows two "perched" birds on one side, sitting atop a bear. On the front, the handle displays a whirling log motif and three stacked human-like figures. A third side shows a bird on top of a standing man. A metal (iron or steel traded with Europeans or washed up onshore from shipwrecks, native copper, or European copper) blade would likely be attached to the handle. AP2018

Tags:
mythology; birds; bears

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