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Object description

  • Hopi artist
  • Awl, mid-late 19th century
  • Bone
  • Southwestern United States
  • L: 4 5/8 in, W: 1 1/2 in, D: 3/4 in (L: 11.7 cm, W: 3.8 cm, D: 1.9 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E3801


This is a bone awl used for basket work. It is made from a piece of bone, part of a joint. The base is flat and rounded with a long sharp point. Further Remarks: Collected by Col. T. Stevenson.