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Processional staff
Processional staff
Artist:
Date:
ca. 1960
Location:
de Young
Gallery 04
Century:
Media:
Wood, Birdskin, Feathers, Fur, And Pigment
Dimensions:
67 x 25 1/2 x 8 in.
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
North America
Culture/People:
Cup'ig
Accession Number:
2007.21.157
Acquisition Date:
2007-06-21
Credit Line:

Bequest of Thomas G. Fowler

Modern interpretation of a classic dance staff from Nunivak Island. Dance staffs are used in dance ceremonies to tell stories of the hunter. This one is very elaborate and consists of three crossbars containing twelve seal carvings (four seals per crossbar) and a hunter in a kayak surmounted to the center staff. Each seal is struck with a spear and all appendages are attached to the seals through the use of feathers. The hunter is wearing a fur, hooded parka. The seals' markings are rendered with black and white pigments and the spears are stained with red ochre pigment overall. The staff is stained red and white.