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blanket

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Am1944,02.129

  • Description

    Fringed blanket made of textile (wool), textile (vegetable fibre).

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1860
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 125 centimetres
    • Height: 82 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Could be pre-contact. Native dyes. All mountain goat wool. It has been cut and folded. Damaged along fold. Side braids have been cut off, and the edges bound. Mixing of Chilkat and Raven's tail techniques - suggests a transition piece. The bottom braid has been cut down. Several centimetres of the edges also cut off - black border is missing.Shelly Laws, Chilkat weaver, has identified this robe as a bear crest. The red and cotton borders are later additions to this early piece, which has been extensively cut. Laws suggests that this may have occurred at a potlach, in which blankets were sometimes cut so that pieces could be distributed to prominent guests. (13/3/2012)

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1944

  • Acquisition notes

    This object formed part of a collection obtained on the Northwest Coast by Royal Navy officer Lieutenant Edmund Hope Verney, commander of the gunboat HMS Grappler. The collection was shipped from the Northwest Coast to his family home at Claydon House in Buckinghamshire in three installments: February 1863, March 1864 and December 1864. Due to vague descriptions in the shipping lists, it is not certain which shipment contained this object, although the December 1864 group included "Indian mats". A photograph taken at the Claydon House private museum in 1902 illustrates this object hanging with two other Chilkat blankets (right of picture) alongside other items from the Verney collection, which was subsequently sold in 1931. Collector Harry G. Beasley acquired a number of items from the Verney sale for his own Cranmore Museum in Essex, including this object. Following Beasley's death in 1939 his collection was dispersed with much of it, including this object, being donated to the British Museum in 1944. For more information see: -'Vancouver Island Letters of Edmund Hope Verney 1862-1865', ed. Allan Pritchard. Vancouver 1996 -'Provenance, twelve collectors of ethnographic art in England 1760-1990', Hermione Waterfield and J.C.H.King, Paris 2006

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Am1944,02.129


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