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Tobacco Box
Tobacco Box
Date:
1850–1880
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Wood, Ivory
Dimensions:
3 x 10 x 2 1/2 in.
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
North America
Culture/People:
Eskimo
Accession Number:
2007.21.173
Acquisition Date:
2007-06-21
Credit Line:

Bequest of Thomas G. Fowler

An extremely fine example of a wood tobacco box. The box is carved from a single piece of wood in the form of a walrus swimming on its back. A semi-human face with two small ivory tusks is carved in the lid of the box and may represent the walrus' 'inua'. Inset ivory pegs, cut flush with the surface, decorate the box. The box displays a deep, rich brown patina from much use. A hide pull protrudes from the lid, which is located in the area of the walrus' belly. NOTE: For a similar example of this box, see “INUA, Spirit World of the Bering Sea Eskimo” Smithsonian, page 153.