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This armor vest, made of tightly bound wooden rods, was for protection against arrows and darts. It was taken from an Unangan burial cave, along with other kinds of objects that were placed with the mummified dead for their use in the afterlife.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Kagamil Island, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Object Category: War
Dimensions: Length 67cm
Accession Date: 1875
Source: Capt. E. Hennig
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: A017249