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beaded dance collar
  • Tlingit peoples
  • beaded dance collar, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wool, cotton, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 41 x 29 cm height from top of collar to bottom of bib, flat
    Object Length/Width: 16 1/8 x 11 3/8 in height from top of collar to bottom of bib, flat
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2077

The bib-like collar is made of red wool backed with unbleached cotton and edged with olive green on the "bib" portion and black on the neck portion. It has white beading around each edge.

The "bib" portion has a large orca in black, white and medium blue beads. Kelp-like shapes surround the orca in combinations of black, white, yellow, medium blue, and dark blue. The collar portion has a "J" on the facing left, and an "M" on the facing right. The kelp-like shape in the center is flanked by a four-petaled flower-like shape, each petal is a different color: white, black, yellow, and medium blue.