Length: 94.000 cm
Transferred from the Royal United Services Institution Museum to the Christy Collection before 1868
Africa, Oceania, Americas
Aleut, 19th century
From Alaska, North America
The helmet is made of painted bentwood, decorated with sea-lion whiskers, glass beads wound with wire, and ivory carvings.
Such helmets were worn by hunters in their kayaks, shading their eyes against glare and spray, as well as holding the waterproof sea-mammal gut parka hood to the wearer's head.
They also have a more
The light blue glass beads may have been made in China from blocks of glass imported from Venice, and also used by the Chinese in cloisonné enamels.