Battle armor. Chugach. USA , Russian America. North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Prince William Sound. Prior to 1792.

Battle armor
Collection MAE RAS: № 2454-6
Image ID: 4071984
Museum inventory number:
№ 2454-6
Battle armor
USA , Russian America
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Prince William Sound
prior to 1792
Billings Joseph, English mariner in Russian service, leader of the Northeastern Geographical Expedition (1785-1794) for exploration of the North Pacific
wood, leather, whale sinew, paint, caribou antler
length 111.5 cm, height 61 cm; dimensions when gathered: height 61 cm, width 57 cm
Battle armor protected the chest and back of a warrior. The Chugach armor consists of two pieces of different sizes. The largest part of the armor protected the back and the smaller part the chest. The armor is made from narrow slats of wood tied together with sinew. Wooden body armor was found throughout Alaska and in Northeast Asia. The battle armor of the Chugach and the Tlingit were identical in terms of construction. The Aleut battle armor was shaped differently, but made in the same way with vertical pieces of wood. Battle armor made from pieces of tree roots used by the Eskimos from the region of the Bering Strait is very similar to the Aleut armor. The primary method of construction, that is, the manufacture of armor from slats, was used by all the above-mentioned peoples.
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