Ceremonial headdress. Kodiak Eskimos. USA , Alaska state, Kodiak. North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island. 19th c.

Ceremonial headdress
Collection MAE RAS: № 3235-20
Image ID: 4071343
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Museum inventory number:
№ 3235-20
Title:
Ceremonial headdress
Ethnicity:
Kodiak Eskimos
Place:
USA , Alaska state, Kodiak
Geography:
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island
Date:
19th c.
Collector:
unknown
Materials:
skin of cormorant, beads, human hair, sinew
Dimensions:
diameter 20 cm, height 16 cm, length of the “tail” 35 cm
Commentation:
The use of human hair as an adornment in the form of a “tail” speaks to the ritualistic use of this headdress. Most likely it is a part of a shaman’s outfit. Strings of beads and glass beads were originally attached to the upper part of the headdress and were displayed around the “tail.”
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