Exhibitions: Living Legacies: The Arts of the Americas

Tom Price: Hat with Tcamaos Design

Hat with Tcamaos Design, late 19th century. Tom Price, Haida artist (circa 1860–1927). Skidegate, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. Spruce root, pigment. Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund, 05.588.7322

Although this object illustrates an "inherited" story and character, the artist Tom Price created it in his individualistic style. The hat depicts Tcamaos, a mythological, supernatural, underwater driftwood log that devours canoes. Price painted the design, including the characteristic red star on the crown, but his wife probably wove the hat.