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This carved helmet is a classic of the war helmet tradition, masterfully incorporating a red-breasted merganser bird into the helmet’s functional design. The pegged-in human hair extends and exaggerates the bird’s crest, lending a sense of animation to the helmet. War helmets are unique to Tlingit traditional culture. The imagery on each helmet is distinct.
height 11.5 in ; length 11.25 in ; width 10.5 in