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Tobacco/Snuff Box
Tobacco/Snuff Box
Date:
1880–1890
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Wood, Ivory, Glass Trade Beads, Red And Black Pigments
Dimensions:
2 x 7 x 1 1/2 in.
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
North America
Culture/People:
Eskimo
Accession Number:
2007.21.102
Acquisition Date:
2007-06-21
Credit Line:

Bequest of Thomas G. Fowler

Carved wooden box in the form of a walrus. The walrus has two small ivory tusks, glass trade bead eyes and two glass trade beads imbedded in its flippers. A rectangular compartment located in the underbelly of the walrus contained tobacco or snuff at one time. The rectangular lid is missing. Just above the opening to the compartment, on the chest area of the walrus is a drilled hole of sufficient size to accommodate a snuff tube, although this is speculation on my part.

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