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Baton

Object Number:NA8496
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Provenience: United States of America
Alaska
Sitka
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Locus: Sitka Kaagwaantaan Clan
Eagle's Nest House
Section:American
Materials:Wood
Pigment
Hair
Iconography:Heron
Length: 273.4 cm
Width: 9.5 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1918
Other Number:BN 1 - Field No SF

Description

Dance baton that depicts a heron sitting in a tree (LSDA). The baton is made from a long, rounded piece of wood with a top carved to look like a heron's head. The length of wood is painted red with alternating red and black rings just below the top. The carved heron head has abalone shell inlay for the eyes and is painted using red and black pigments. Hair is inserted along the top of the head. A small line design is painted in black on the heron's long beak.

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