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MEDIUM Wood, buckskin, beads, metal
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES late 19th-early 20th century
    DIMENSIONS Tomahawk: 22 7/16 x 6 11/16 in. (57 x 17 cm) Dangler: 16 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (41.9 x 8.3 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Oglala, Lakota, Sioux (Native American). Tomahawk, late 19th-early 20th century. Wood, buckskin, beads, metal, Tomahawk: 22 7/16 x 6 11/16 in. (57 x 17 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 26.802. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.26.802_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Tomahawk with long wooden handle and metal head. Handle has studs in two rows with 4 diagonal stripes around it. A wrapped, beaded blue, white, and red hide piece slips over handle with an attached beaded and fringed flap hanging down from it. The flap's design includes a beaded cross in the center and a triangular form above the fringed end. The object was part of Red Cloud's War Outfit purchased in 1926 as material having belonged to him. Red Cloud lived from 1822 until 1909. Good condition.The pieces should be stored together. There is writing on the blade that reads partially: 2 COH ou LS Cast steel oits + co (or ons + co.) op.
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