Object photography

Image © Dan Gair, 2008.
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Object description

  • Yup'ik artist
  • Cord attacher, 19th century
  • Rawhide, ivory, animal, plant fiber
  • Nunivak Island, Alaska, United States
  • L: 8 3/8 in, W: 7 in, D: 1 in (L: 21.3 cm, W: 17.8 cm, D: 2.5 cm)
  • Gift of Israel Albert Lee, 1910
  • E13121


This cord attacher is made from two stout pieces of rawhide tied together with plant fiber, creating a long loop on the end. It is looped around an ivory toggle carved in the shape of a wolf head with a stud on the bottom. The animal's features, including, two eyes, nostrils, whiskers and sharp, bared teeth, are decoratively incised and painted black. The rawhide loop passes through the stud. An ivory U shaped keeper slides up the loop.