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Bundle of 20 Visiting Sticks

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Wood, pigment, hide, membrane
DATES late 19th -early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 9 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (24.1 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 11.694.8994
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1911, Museum Collection Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Osage (Native American). Bundle of 20 Visiting Sticks, late 19th -early 20th century. Wood, pigment, hide, membrane, 9 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (24.1 x 3.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1911, Museum Collection Fund, 11.694.8994. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, CUR.11.694.8994.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION These messenger sticks are wood sticks tied with hide and a piece of membrane [possibly snake skin]. See also 11.694.9025 for visiting tobacco. Such sticks were sent by a messenger when a traveler was within a day's journey of his destination. His hosts were expected to give a small token in return.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (70%)
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Bundle of 20 Visiting Sticks