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Object description

  • Bodkin, mid-late 19th century
  • Bone, paint
  • Alaska, Arctic, United States
  • L: 8 3/4 in, dia.: 3/8 in (L: 22.2 cm, dia.: 1.0 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E15232


Inscribed, in faded ink, "36607 Alaska, Nelson".


This bodkin is made from a long polished pointed bone. The butt has a turned ball, a neck and seven incised circles painted black.