Copper currency shield from the North West coast of America.

On the upper portion is painted a figure of the bear in the highly conventional style of the region. The outlines are emphasised by incised lines, apparently executed at a later date. Such shields formed a very valuable unit of wealth in former times.


Haidia chief's family, Massett, Queen Charlotte Islands.

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