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Crucifix

Museum number:
2-5951
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21020005951
Alternate number:
X-2144 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.167
Object count:
1
Description:
Carved walrus ivory; Jesus on the Cross, fully carved in the round and attached with wood pegs (one missing); 4 letters painted at the top of the cross; stepped pedestal base has 4 knob-like feet; loincloth and halo have incised designs. Paper label on the back says, "Indian Carving from Bristol Bay, A. T. [Alaska Territory]
Donor:
Alaska Commercial Company, Benjamin Bristol, and Older University Collections
Collection place:
Bristol Bay, Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska
Verbatim coll. place:
Alaska; Bristol Bay
Culture or time period:
Alaskan Eskimo
Collector:
A. Greenebaum
Collection date:
1898
Taxon:
Odobenus rosmarus
Person depicted:
Jesus Christ (founder of Christianity)
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
5.1 Religion and Divination: Objects and garb associated with practices reflecting submission, devotion, obedience, and service to supernatural agencies
Accession date:
1904
Context of use:
Possibly made for sale.
Department:
Cat. 2 - North America (except Mexico and Central America)
Dimensions:
height 20 centimeters
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