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Object description

  • Eskimo artist
  • Handle, mid-late 19th century
  • Ivory, pigment
  • Norton Sound, Alaska, United States
  • L: 7 5/8 in, W: 1/2 in, D: 1/2 in (L: 19.4 cm, W: 1.3 cm, D: 1.3 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E15229


Inscribed in red: "24423, Norton Sd, Alaska, I. M. Turner".


This is an ivory bag handle, slightly curved and cut with four flat surfaces. There is a hole at each end. It is decorated with incised concentric circles connected by a line, with double crosshatching on one side and double V's on the other.