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Spindle Whorl (Sulsultin)

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Hardwood, pigment traces
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 x 3/4 in. (18.4 x 18.4 x 1.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The object is a spindle whorl carved on one side with a salmon or whale design motif. The object is in good and stable condition with traces of black pigment in the detailed areas of the carving.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Chemainus, Coast Salish. Spindle Whorl (Sulsultin), 19th century. Hardwood, pigment traces, 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 x 3/4 in. (18.4 x 18.4 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund, 05.588.7383. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 05.588.7382_05.588.7383_Design_scan_bw.jpg)
IMAGE group, 05.588.7382_05.588.7383_Design_scan_bw.jpg.
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