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Drag Handle shaped like a bear's head

Arts of the Americas

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Ivory, iron, hide
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 3 1/4 x 7 /8 x 13/16 in. or (8.3 x 2.2 x 2.1 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
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CAPTION Eskimo (Native American). Drag Handle shaped like a bear's head, 19th century. Ivory, iron, hide, 3 1/4 x 7 /8 x 13/16 in. or (8.3 x 2.2 x 2.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.224.168. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 86.224.168_view2_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Drag handle of a looped leather cord which laces through the underside of a bear's head. Y-shaped, incised mouth; inlaid, circular nostrils, eyes inlaid with metal; lightly sculptured ears; two concentric incised lines around neck with three pairs of short perpindicular lines. The neck is notched on one side. CONDITION: Stained in stripe on bottom. Long crack on each side of proper right eye. Shorter cracks around proper left eye. Leather stiff and dry.
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Drag Handle shaped like a bears head