<em>Miniature Totem Charm</em>, possibly late 20th century. Bone, L 9 1/4 "  W. 1 3/8". Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 80.98.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 80.98.5_bw.jpg)

Miniature Totem Charm

Medium: Bone

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:possibly late 20th century

Dimensions: L 9 1/4 " W. 1 3/8"


Accession Number: 80.98.5

Image: 80.98.5_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Carved bone baton. Carved by Joe Bob Winstead according to Douglas Ewing. Miniature Siberian totem pole. Label on the base says: "Record Marker, 19th century, Eskimo, E. Alaska IPK." Three fish represented as split down the middle and flattened out are carved on a piece of bone. The eyes are drilled out: deep circular groves define the fishes; fins and tails. The bone is mottled grey in color. The surface is pitted and porous but shiny as though coated. There is a hole at the top for suspension.

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