First, the mug.
|Photo credit: Richard Brown Photography|
Object ID: Cat. No 1-2177
Gift of Lucille Christ
This mug was found in the mid-1950s when some children were digging in a backyard in Seattle's Laurelhurst neighborhood, but the mug probably originated in Alaska over 100 years ago.
Around the turn of the 20th century, mugs like this were made by Alaskan Native carvers to sell to tourists. This mug was most likely sold or traded to someone in Alaska who then brought it down the coast to Seattle. From there, the mug either got lost or thrown away and became buried.
After the mug was found, it was eventually donated to the Burke's archaeology collection, where it lives today.
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