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Medicine Man's Club Representing Buffalo Embryo

Arts of the Americas

  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES 18th-19th century
    DIMENSIONS 7 3/4 x 2 1/4 x 2 5/8 in. (19.7 x 5.7 x 6.7 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 43.201.165
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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
    IMAGE overall, CUR.43.201.165_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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    Medicine Mans Club Representing Buffalo Embryo