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seit “necklace”
Language: Lingít

Ah-hah! That’s just a beautiful neck piece.

—Clarence Jackson, 2005

Museum collector George T. Emmons recorded that this colorful woman’s collar, purchased in 1901, was “the beaded neck ornament of a basket weaver.” The geometric patterning is unusual for Tlingit beadwork and may have been inspired by spruce root basketry designs or by Athabascan quillwork. The small “seed” beads on the collar itself are typical of the late 19th century, whereas the large round and faceted beads used on the dangles are at least half a century older.

Culture: Tlingit
Region: Southeast Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Dimensions: Width 38.5cm
Accession Date: 1901
Source: George T. Emmons (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E209557