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|This is an exceptionally finely woven Haida spruce-root hat, painted in red, black and blue with a large bird, presumably an eagle or a raven. The head is at the front brim, the tail feathers are fanned dramatically at the rear brim, and the sides depict the wings. The crown of the hat is woven in a very tight plain weave, but the brim has elaborate zigzag patterns woven in. This hat is in pristine condition.|
|Location of Origin: North America|
|Medium/Materials: Paint, spruce-root|
|Dimensions: 6-1/2 x 15-1/2 x 15-1/2 in (16.5 x 39.4 cm)|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : Native American Clothing and Antiques|
|See Bill Holm, "The Box of Daylight: Northwest Coast Indian Art," (Seattle Art Museum and University of Washington Press, 1983), pp. 47-49 ("Hats finely woven in conical form are a cultural feature shared by tribes all along the Northwest Coast . . . [T]he conical woven hat is a natural development from a highly developed basketry technology and the needs of people on the rainy coast; its very early existence is proven by similar hats recovered from precontact archeological sites. Finely woven hats are marvelous aesthetic accomplishments in themselves, but they become artistically important through surface decoration applied by painting or woven in at the time of making. Basically functional, hats were also important in the ceremonial life of Northwest Coast peoples, and certain ones achieved the s|
|Provenance: Private collection|
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