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Basketry hat

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Tall, flat-topped domed shape. Reddish-gold fibers. Top area shows four plaited squares, around which twining with narrow strips of bark begins. Diagonal look to twining on body of hat, ending with a braided band. Black and red bands encircle top of hat and just above lower braid. Black thick...

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Purchased by a Mr. Peterson, a collector from Portland, OR and member of the Oregon legislature. His wife Marsella Peterson gave the collection to Walter Earl, Antique Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska, to disperse. Purchased by the Museum from Walter Earl in 1995.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by John S. Montgomery and the Curator's Fund

Native American (Nuu-chah-nulth), about 1900–10

Object Place

Vancouver Island (West coast), British Columbia, Canada


Overall: 19.1cm (7 1/2in.) Other: 26.7cm (10 1/2in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar bark and pigment