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Rare carved and painted war helmet with abalone shell inlay - Donald Ellis Gallery
War helmet with abalone shell inlay, hair and ermine pelts - Donald Ellis Gallery
Impressive carved and painted war helmet with protruding “prow” - Donald Ellis Gallery

War Helmet

Southeast Alaska

ca. 1840

wood, paint, human hair, abalone shell, hide ties, ermine pelts

height: 8 ½"
width: (at base) 9 ⅝"
depth: (including the “prow”) 14 ½"

Inventory # CN4149


acquired by The Audain Art Museum, Whistler, BC

This exceptionally rare war helmet can be seen in an early photograph by Winter and Pond entitled “Takou Chief Lying in State, Alaska” now in the collection of the Alaska State Library (Cat. No. 87-2680).

Related Examples

Rickenbach, Judith. Tlingit: Alte Indianische Kunst Aus Alaska. Zurich: Museum Rietberg, 2001, pgs. 222, 225 - 228, 232-234, 237

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