Osage. <em>Bundle of 20 Visiting Sticks</em>, late 19th-early 20th century. Wood, pigment, hide, membrane, 9 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.  (24.1 x 3.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1911, Museum Collection Fund, 11.694.8994. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.11.694.8994.jpg)

Bundle of 20 Visiting Sticks


Medium: Wood, pigment, hide, membrane

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th-early 20th century

Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (24.1 x 3.8 cm)



Accession Number: 11.694.8994

Image: CUR.11.694.8994.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
These messenger sticks are wood sticks tied with hide and a piece of membrane [possibly snake skin]. See also 11.694.9025 for visiting tobacco. Such sticks were sent by a messenger when a traveler was within a day's journey of his destination. His hosts were expected to give a small token in return.

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