Woven hat. Chugach. USA , Russian America. North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska. Early 19th century.

Woven hat
Collection MAE RAS: № 344-73
Image ID: 4071890
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Museum inventory number:
№ 344-73
Title:
Woven hat
Ethnicity:
Chugach
Place:
USA , Russian America
Geography:
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska
Date:
early 19th century
Collector:
Maak Rikhard Karlovich, exlporer of Amur region
Materials:
spruce root, paint, beads, baleen, sinew, cloth, cotton thread
Dimensions:
height 14.5 cm, diameter of the brim 37.5 cm, diameter of the crown 9.5 cm
Commentation:
The drawing on the front part of the hat depicts, most likely, the head of a beaver with its characteristically large front incisors in a half-open mouth. On the other side of the hat is an anthropomorphic mask that represents his spirit. It was believed that the spirits of animals were human in appearance. Analogous representations of animals with half-open mouths can be found on hats No. 593—34, 2520—27 and 5795—22.
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