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Rare Circa 19th Century Museum Quality Aleut Bentwood Cedar Hunting Visor For Sale
Rare Circa 19th Century Museum Quality Aleut Bentwood Cedar Hunting Visor:
Came out of an Anchorage, Alaska estate owned by Wendy Breamer. Originally collected by a Russian Whaler in the early 1900’s named Ivan Rigerton. This is an Aleut 19th Century hunting visor from southwestern Alaska. Made from cedar, quills, natural faded mineral pigments, twine, feathers, whiskers, trade beads, and sinew. There is still remnants of seagull waste within the polychrome pigment. The gut and sinew heat attachment liner is still in place.
The hat is 6 Inches high by 8 inches in width with a circumference of over 16 Inches.
This is a short-brimmed cedar steam bent hat and could have been made for a child, which makes this extremely rare. The size and ornateness symbolizes the experience as a hunter. These hats were prized possessions and were worth a kayak or several slaves. The pigment represents a sand dollar design, which was used quite often.
Referred to as “Chagudax” or “Unangax”. Used to shield the man’s eyes, so he would not be seen by the sea mammal and believed the sea mammal would give themselves to the man with the most elaborate hat.
Simple initially with bands, and of course they were natural colors. The Aleuts use acrylic now and they became more elaborate after contact with the Russians. Basically, they tell you the stage of where they’re at as a hunter by the size and length, but also another story to tell about their success as a hunter. So, from a young hunter, to a younger man, and then a married man would wear a long visor in the community.
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