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Object #1-1495
Object nameButton Blanket
Culture of OriginTlingit, Stikine
MaterialsWool, Blue, Trade Cloth, Flannel, Red, Buttons, Pearl
TechniquesSewn, Appliqued
DimensionsL: 170.0 cm, W: 139.0 cm
Exhibit LabelWalter Waters collected this blanket from the Tlingit, probably at Wrangell, Alaska. The chief crest of the Kiksadi, the principal Raven clan at Wrangell, is the frog, here depicted in a flamboyant triple row of buttons. Red flannel lines its mouth and underlies the large buttons in the eyes, feet, nostrils, vertebrae, and hips. The bands of buttons are utilized as modified formlines. The same exuberant use of buttons in multiple rows characterizes the border. Saltwater pearl buttons are very reflective, and the rippling of the button applique in firelight suggests molten silver. (Holm, Spirit and Ancestor, 1987)
SourceMrs. Walter C. Waters
CreditPurchased from Mrs. Walter C. Waters

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