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Hook

Museum number:
2-4405
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21020004405
Alternate number:
x-551 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.167
Object count:
1
Description:
Modified walrus tusk with 3 holes, whale shaped head with incised eyes on both sides, 9 incised whales with flukes on one edge and front ends on opposite edge. Incised chevrons on top side.
Donor:
Alaska Commercial Company, Benjamin Bristol, and Older University Collections
Collection place:
Alaska
Verbatim coll. place:
Alaska
Culture or time period:
Igylak and Malemiut Eskimo
Collector:
Rudolph Neumann
Taxon:
Odobenus rosmarus
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
1.4 Transportation
Accession date:
1904
Context of use:
Blubber hook?. According to collector, though, "this is a pick used in unearthing mice to get at their store of berries and also for other work". May be archeological. May have been used as pick, but dubious.
Department:
Cat. 2 - North America (except Mexico and Central America)
Dimensions:
length 57.5 centimeters
Comment:
Second Orig. No.: Neumann #148.
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