Object photography

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Object description

  • Eskimo artist
  • Scraper, before 1883
  • Ivory
  • Point Barrow, Alaska, Arctic, United States
  • L: 3 1/4 in, W: 2 1/2 in, D: 1 3/8 in (L: 8.3 cm, W: 6.3 cm, D: 3.5 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E3542

INSCRIPTION

Inscribed, in ink, "89254, Point Barrow, May 10th 1883, P. H. Ray USA".

DESCRIPTION

This is a fat scraper, made from an oblong bowl of ivory, brown in color with dark streaks and rusty spots, especially on the inside. There are five shallow depressions on the inside of the scraper.