Tsimshian. <em>Wooden Skull Headdress</em>, late 19th century. Wood, metal, 7 x 6 x 7 in. (17.8 x 15.2 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund, 05.588.7366. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 05.588.7366_acetate_bw.jpg)

Wooden Skull Headdress


Medium: Wood, metal

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th century

Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 7 in. (17.8 x 15.2 x 17.8 cm)



Accession Number: 05.588.7366

Image: 05.588.7366_acetate_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Headdress in the form of a carved wooden skull. It is carved from a single, hollowed out piece of wood. The lower jaw is missing and it is attached with four nails to a metal disk with a dome-shaped center. Condition: The work is in stable and fair condition. There is a repaired crack on the proper left side of the back of the skull as well as a repaired splinter at the proper right side of the lower edge. At the top of the skull on the proper right side, there is a large circular wooden plug.

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