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Hammer

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Catlinite, rawhide, wood
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS height: 24 7/16 in. (62.1 cm); width of hammer stone: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 43.201.131
CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Plains (Native American). Hammer, 19th century. Catlinite, rawhide, wood, height: 24 7/16 in. (62.1 cm); width of hammer stone: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.131. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.43.201.131.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.43.201.131.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This hammer has a catlinite hammer with a wooden handle covered with rawhide sewn over and around the center of the hammer. The red catlinite is tapered on each end and has three grooves around it on each end either side of the wood and hide holding it on. This might have had a decorative horsetail hanging from it. Such clubs were used in dances before a hunt and had symbolic and ceremonial function not a war function. Members of a society carried these as badges of honor and emblems of office.
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Plains (Native American). <em>Hammer</em>, 19th century. Catlinite, rawhide, wood, height: 24 7/16 in. (62.1 cm); width of hammer stone: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.131. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.43.201.131.jpg)