Alaska Native Collections – Sharing Knowledge


Nose pin

For in addition to the beads…they pierce their nostrils through at the bottom and wear there bones, beads, or corals.

—Gavriil Davydov, from “Two Voyages to Russian America, 1802-1807”

Men and women wore nose pins made of beads or carved bone. This one from the Alaska Peninsula is made of trade beads strung on copper wire.

Culture: Sugpiaq (Alutiiq)
Region: Alaska Peninsula
Village: Iliamna Bay
Object Category: Ornaments, jewelry
Dimensions: Length 12cm
Accession Date: 1882
Source: William J. Fisher (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E072484