- Museum number
Silver bracelet with engraved design of a sea bear/wasco. Fastened with double clasp.
- Production date
Diameter: 5.50 - 6 centimetres
Depth: 3.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This object is part of a collection representing the work of Native artists from South Alaska and British Columbia - foremost those of the Tlingit, Haida and the Kwakiutl. The use of silver, worked from coinage, established a new tradition for jewellery manufacture, replacing copper as the principal material. These items were given away in large quantities at potlatches or feasts and, from the 1880s onwards, developed and sold as souvenir art, as Alaska and northern British Columbia became cruise destinations.
See: B. Holm: "The Box of Delight";
A.L. Hoover: "Charles Edenshaw: his art and audience";
P. Macnair: "The Legacy";
M.L. Wayman: "Aspects of North American Metallurgy";
K. Bunn-Marcuse: "Northwest Coast silver bracelets and the use of Euro-American designs", p. 66 - 84 American Indian Art Magazine (Autumn 2000).
- On display (G2/wp70)
- Exhibition history
2014 Oct 14 - London, BM, G2, 'Collecting the World'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Presented by Estelle and Morton Sosland and the British Museum Friends.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number