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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Native American - Northwest Coast
Native American ➔ Mittens

Identifier:
1983.76.32
Description:
Seal skin mittens with appliqued liquid [thral] medallion; front of hand made of tanned hide; insert in seams. Beadwork appliqued onto fur was an Alaska Native way of allowing beadwork on a fur surface.

The combination of moose hide and sealskin provided an effective means of protection against the harsh environment of the Arctic.  The seal hair was particularly useful because of its water repelling characteristics.
Date:
1900 – 1916
Materials:
Moose Hide, Spotted Seal Skin, Glass Seed Beads, Wool
Dimensions:
12.5" h 7.5" w 1.5" d; 12.5" h 7.5" w 1.5" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Museum Collection
Rights:

Maker/Donor
Eskimo