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Amulet of ?cow hoof incised with curved design. [MJD 5/5/2009]

Longer Description

Amulet of ?cow hoof incised with curved design. Roughly semi-circular in shape, the ornament is perforated in the centre and incised with curving and geometric designs. [CAK 21/05/2010]

Research Notes

The following information comes from Haida delegates who worked with the museum's collection in September 2009 as part of the project “Haida Material Culture in British Museums: Generating New Forms of Knowledge” :
This object was viewed alongside other items of personal adornment on Friday Sept 11, 2009. Delegates explained that hooves are associated with shamans. Christian White wondered if the material was cow hoof, not moose. Although Ruth Gladstone Davies and Christian White had ideas about how other similar ornaments might be used [see 1985.49.191 and 1985.49.225], they were uncertain what this objects was. Ruth thought it looked unusual and Christian said he could not identify the design. A discussion of the sound this object would make can be viewed on Tape 6, time 8:50, which can be found in the Haida Project Related Documents File. [CAK 21/05/2010]

Primary Documentation

Pitt Rivers Museum label - CANADA, QUEEN CHARLOTTE IS HAIDA Carved moose hoof Trans. Wellcome Inst. [MJD 05/05/2009]

Written on object - R 1619/ 1937 [MJD 05/05/2009]

Related Documents File - The Haida Project Related Documents File contains video of research sessions and interviews with Haida delegates from September 2009 as part of the project ‘Haida Material Culture in British Museums: Generating New Forms of Knowledge'. It also includes post-visit communications that discuss object provenance. For extensive photographic, video, and textual records documenting the Haida research visit as a whole, including but not limited to preparations of objects for handling, travel logistics, British Museum participation, transcribed notes from research sessions and associated public events held at PRM, see the Haida Project Digital Archive, stored with the Accessions Registers. Original hand-written notes taken during research sessions have been accessioned into the Manuscripts collection, in addition to select other materials. [CAK 02/06/2010]

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