Gitxaala. <em>Gambling Mat</em>, 19th century. Hide, pigment, 7 5/16 × 7/8 × 19 5/16 in. (18.6 × 2.2 × 49.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund, 05.588.7349. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.05.588.7349_overall.jpg)

Gambling Mat


Medium: Hide, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:19th century

Dimensions: 7 5/16 × 7/8 × 19 5/16 in. (18.6 × 2.2 × 49.1 cm)



Accession Number: 05.588.7349

Image: CUR.05.588.7349_overall.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Painted hide gambling mat with killer whale design in black and red. It mat is paired with a gambling bag and sticks (05.588.7348 [sub-letters?]. The killer whale design is identifiable by the 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 it was collected.

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