Copper Pendants

I’ve already posted up a page on the main website explaining the details on the copper pendants I’ve been working on, but I thought I could give a bit more background here about what I find intriguing about these artifacts that are a part of our culture.

Coppers where made by almost all of the tribes up and down the coast but in particular they were used by the northern tribes. The general shape varies only slightly and is a flaring trapezoid with a round top with a lower straight section divided by a t-shaped form.

Coppers were essential to a number of rituals and were symbolic of wealth (supernatural power) and purity, the state of halayt. Coppers appear to have been made even before contact with the European nations. The copper was painted with black lead and the designed engraved through this coating.
Tsimshian Copper

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