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Object description

  • Eskimo artist
  • Toggle, mid-late 19th century
  • Leather, ivory, paint
  • Cape Darby, Alaska, Arctic, United States
  • L: 3 6/8 in, W: 1 1/4 in, D: 1 in (L: 9.5 cm, W: 3.2 cm, D: 2.5 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E3558


This is a carved ivory toggle and a leather line used to drag dead seals back to camp. The toggle is carved and polished into the form of a seal. Incised features on the seal are painted black. Through two holes a short loop of stout thong is wrapped together. Further Remarks: Collected by E.W. Nelson in 1877.