- Museum number
Bracelet made of a thin length of mountain goat horn, the shouldered end tapering to a pointed hitch which is inserted into a hole in the other end. It is decorated with four groups, each of four or five roughly scratched parallel lines, those on the long side of the bracelet seperated by two lines, each of three circles. // One of the lines in the central panel is crossed with four brief lines. The bracelet is very well worn or polished, on the outside and on the inside. On the inside is an early label; this might read something like 'Bracelet of horn from the North West Coast of America.'
- Production date
Circumference: 16.50 centimetres (inner)
Length: 7.20 centimetres
Width: 4 centimetres
Depth: 1.90 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
This is one of a small number of early goat horn bracelets, as in the Vancouver collection, that are usually associated with the Coast Salish of southern British Columbia [and perhaps also Puget Sound]. The 1860s registration slip suggests that it comes from the Queen Charlotte Islands, a much less likely place of origin. However Ron Hamilton suggested 12/9/1995 that since a large proportion of the slave population on the Queen Charlotte's was Salish, the two designations may both be correct. The early four figure numbers of the Christy collection seem to include significant early - 18th century - Pacific material without documentation. These include Polynesian material, and Athaspakan items such as a Tanaina knife sheath and pair of quilled garters from Prince William Sound; and a Coast Salish comb - Christy 2293. Additional description etc. by JCK, 12/9/1995.
Included in Robert Douglas Leece 'Coast Salish Mountain Goat Horn Bracelets' MA thesis, Department of History in Art, University of Victoria, BC, Canada, 1998.
Three Alaskan items with early Christy numbers (two labrets and an ivory figure 2334,2336, and 2236) are depicted by Sarah Stone in the Leverian Museum and published by A L Kaeepler as having been collected on Cook's Third Voyage (Kaeppler 'Holophusicon', pp 212,216-7, 2011), which lends extra weight to the argument that this bracelet comes from an 18th century voyage.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1980-1981 1 Sep-30 Apr, Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Canada; Salish Art: Visions of Power, Symbols of Wealth
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am186?C1.2294 (old CDMS no.)