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Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund
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Tsimshian (Native American). Gambling Mat, 19th century. Hide, pigment, 19 x 7 1/4 in. (48.3 x 18.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund, 05.588.7349. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 05.588.7348.1_05.588.7349.jpg)
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This mat is paired with 05.588.7348-gambling bag and sticks. The design on the gambling mat is a killer whale identifiable by its blow hole and flukes. When the game is played the sticks are thrown down on the exterior of the mat one by one. The painting style resembles that of the Heiltsuk people, living near Kitkatla where this was collected.
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