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Inlayed Hammer

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Stone, turquoise, hide
  • Place Made: North America
  • DATES 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 13 x 5 7/8 in. (33 x 14.9 cm)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 43.201.126
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This ax might have been made for sale because inlaying the turquoise was something done usually only for trade. The other possibility is it was used solely for dance. However, this type was made throughout the Plains area. The stick has been spilt and encompasses the entire stone and then the hide is wrapped around the handle securing it. Has a tag that reads "Indian stone hammer"
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