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Object description

  • Eskimo artist
  • Knife, before 1877
  • Ivory, bone
  • Kuskokwim Bay, Kuskokwim River, Alaska, United States
  • L: 12 in, W: 1 1/4 in, D: 1 in (L: 30.5 cm, W: 3.2 cm, D: 2.5 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E3537


This is a snow knife, also cataloged as a story knife. The object is carved out of brownish gray ivory. The back is straight and the blade edge is curved. There are four round knobs on the front side of the handle. Black herring bone and diagonals on one side. There is a slight lateral curve to the blade. Further Remarks: Collected by E.W. Nelson in 1877.