Arts of the Americas
Catlinite, rawhide, wood
height: 24 7/16 in. (62.1 cm); width of hammer stone: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm) (show scale)
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Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks
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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)
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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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