10 Balls used for Killing Marsh Hens (ta-ma-whille)
Arts of the Americas
Clay, plant fiber
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Museum Expedition 1908, Museum Collection Fund
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Pen Graves (Pomo). 10 Balls used for Killing Marsh Hens (ta-ma-whille), ca. 1906. Clay, plant fiber, Diameter: 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1908, Museum Collection Fund, 08.491.8581. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 08.491.8612_0.491.8581_PS11.jpg)
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These 10 clay balls are from Basket (08.491.8612)
This set, made from materials found and growing around Clear Lake was used by hunters in balsa boats for killing waterfowl. The birds would have been secured by throwing stones with a sling or snared. The basket with the clay balls was commissioned by Stewart Culin. Almost all of these are similar to this, fairly coarse and quickly woven. The basket is filled with shredded tule and the balls are laid out on this when stored in the canoe. While the balls are not fired in a kiln there is some plant matter mixed with the clay and they are sun baked. (see also 06.331,8213 for sling)
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