- Akimel O'odham (Pima) artist
- Ball, before 1884
- Gum, wood, mesquite
- Arizona, United States
- dia.: 2 3/4 in (dia.: 7.0 cm)
- Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
Inscribed, white ink, "27847, Pimas...Arizona, Mrs. G. Stont."
This is a wooden ball, possibly carved from mesquite or paloverde wood, covered with mesquite gum/pitch. Further Remarks: The ball is similar in size to a croquet ball, and was used in a foot races among tribes in the Southwest in the 19th century. The ball was called "sonjikjo" (see p. 671 of the Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology. Annual Report)