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Cleat

Museum number:
2-6765
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21020006765
Alternate number:
x-2958 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.167
Object count:
1
Description:
Effigy of sea otter lying on its back, forepaws to chin. Elongated groove with 2 perforations on underside. Made of carved walrus ivory. Inlaid areas (quills?) on top surface.
Donor:
Alaska Commercial Company, Benjamin Bristol, and Older University Collections
Collection place:
Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Verbatim coll. place:
Alaska
Culture or time period:
Aleut
Collector:
unknown
Collection date:
1898
Taxon:
Odobenus rosmarus
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
5.2 Magic: Objects Associated with Practices reflecting confidence in the ability to manipulate supernatural agencies
Accession date:
1904
Context of use:
Fastening cleat for kayak lines. According to Jean Paul Rousselot this also serves as an amulet - attached to kayak frame.
Department:
Cat. 2 - North America (except Mexico and Central America)
Dimensions:
length 8.2 centimeters
Comment:
Context of use: "See figure 10, p. 51 in Lyapunova". References: Lyapunova, R. G., 1967; "Zoomorfnaya Skul'ptura Aleutov" in "Sbornik Muzeya Antropologii, Ethnografii Akademii Nauk USSR, 24: 38 - 54, esp. p. 51, 53. Also "Art and Artefacts of the Pacific, Africa and the Americas" - The James Hooper Coll. by Steven Phelps, Pl. 177, #1114 - 1115, text p. 442. Fotocopy of Lyapunova ill. in acc. env. See 2-6761 for another example.
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