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Chilkat Blanket

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Goat wool, commercial wool, cedar bark
DATES late 19th-early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 53 x 68 1/2 in. (134.6 x 174 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE The Adolph and Esther D. Gottlieb Collection
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CAPTION Tlingit, Chilkat (Native American). Chilkat Blanket, late 19th-early 20th century. Goat wool, commercial wool, cedar bark, 53 x 68 1/2 in. (134.6 x 174 cm). Brooklyn Museum, The Adolph and Esther D. Gottlieb Collection, 1989.51.63. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 1989.51.63_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Northwest coast Chilkat blanket, two piled yarn of wool fiber and cedar bark. Trapezoid-like shape, side edges of beige weft-faced voven, possibly weft-twined. Upper and lower edges also beige in weft-faced plain weave. Broad bands of medium brown and yellow weft-faced plain weave enclose central dark brown field. Various geometric, stylized face and eye motifs in interlocking and slit tapestry techniques in beige, light yellow, olive green and dark brown on this dark brown field. Long fringes extend from lower edge, where wool yarn covering has worn away to show cedar bark interior in places. The design is the "Diving Whale" design with the head of whale located at bottom near the fringe, tail flukes near the top, side flukes near the head, all with eyes inside. The center body is indicated with a face representing the spitit of the animal. The whale is flaked by young raven designs. Weaving is thought to be problematical and the artist took many innovative liberties. Might not have had enough brown wool so did some basket twining technigues along the top and outlining areas such as the eyes. In one area near trout eyes at the botom weaver had to change brown to another shade and then finaly to green as not enough wool. Very loosely woven over all. Either has two different artist's signatures or again the artist didn't have enough dark brown to even complete the signature.
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Chilkat Blanket