Arts of the Americas
Stone, turquoise, hide
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Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks
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Plains. Inlayed Hammer, 19th century. Stone, turquoise, hide, 13 x 5 7/8 in. (33 x 14.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.126. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.43.201.126.jpg)
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This ax might have been made for sale because inlaying the turquoise was something done usually only for trade. The other possibility is it was used solely for dance. However, this type was made throughout the Plains area. The stick has been spilt and encompasses the entire stone and then the hide is wrapped around the handle securing it.
Has a tag that reads "Indian stone hammer"
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