Object photography

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Object description

  • Alutiiq (Sugpiaq) artist
  • Chisel, before 1884
  • Wood, tooth, plant fiber
  • Kodiak Island, Alaska, United States
  • L: 4 3/8 in, W: 3/4 in, D: 3/4 in (L: 11.1 cm, W: 1.9 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E15236

INSCRIPTION

Inscribed, in ink, "Alaska Fisher".

DESCRIPTION

This is a beaver tooth chisel made from a curved tooth wrapped with a plant fiber cord to a short oval stick. The blade comes from the incisor of a rodent.