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Object #25.0/274
Object nameButton Blanket
Culture of OriginKwakwaka'wakw
MaterialsTrade Cloth, Wool, Red, Green, Cloth, Buttons, Abalone, Burlap
TechniquesSewn, Appliqued
DimensionsW: 69 in, L: 51 in
Exhibit LabelThe copper theme is a favorite with Kwakwaka'wakw artists. Representations of coppers are used as grave monuments, housefront paintings, and other objects, including button blankets. The button blanket is the traditional ceremonial blanket of the Kwakwaka'wakw. The general form is fairly uniform, with variations in the figures represented and in the details of the border designs. Most have as foundation a dark blue blanket, but green is not uncommon. All the materials in button blankets are products of trade. (Holm, Crooked Beak of Heaven, 1972)
SourceMrs. Anne Gerber
CreditSidney Gerber Memorial Collection

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