Wound plug in the form of a seal

Wound plug in the form of a seal
Wound plug in the form of a seal
Date:
1870–1890
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Wood, Glass Trade Beads, And Caribou Hair
Dimensions:
2 7/8 x 14 3/8 x 3 in.
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
North America
Culture/People:
Eskimo, Cup'ik
Provenance:

Original Purchase Date: 02 / 22 / 02
Purchased From: Jeffrey R. Myers
Gallery: Jeffrey R. Myers / Primitive and Fine Arts
Gallery Address: 12 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028, USA

Accession Number:
2007.21.181
Acquisition Date:
2007-06-21
Credit Line:

Bequest of Thomas G. Fowler

Superb example of a figural wound plug. Carved in the form of a swimming seal, the eyes are inset with blue glass Russian trade beads. Caribou chest hair is impregnated in the seal's snout to simulate whiskers. A remnant of walrus hide cord remains in a hole pierced through the shoulder for attachment.

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