Medicine Man's Club Representing Buffalo Embryo
Arts of the Americas
7 3/4 x 2 1/4 x 2 5/8 in. (19.7 x 5.7 x 6.7 cm) (show scale)
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Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks
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Sioux (Native American). Medicine Man's Club Representing Buffalo Embryo, 18th-19th century. Stone, 7 3/4 x 2 1/4 x 2 5/8 in. (19.7 x 5.7 x 6.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.165. Creative Commons-BY
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This would have fit onto something but would not function as a club. Looks rather modern in style as a fetish and resembles a buffalo in the face or possibly a carving of a cicada. Made of soapstone; threading rings sometimes indicate a medicine use. 'Lightening' streaks coming out of mouth. Stone carving is very rare for Plains, but Mississippi tribes are very interested in stone as a media. For Lakota, rebirth and animals in larvae stage were sacred. Exact purpose of this piece and in fact exactly what it represents is unknown.
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