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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Alaska Native; Auk
Title:Amulet
Type:Adornment; Ceremonial
Materials:Whale tooth
Place Made:North America; United States; Alaska; Juneau
Measurements:Overall: 3/4 in x 1 5/8 in x 4 in; 1.9 cm x 4.1 cm x 10.2 cm
Accession Number:  MH 3.G
Credit Line:Gift of Mary Gage Peterson (Class of 1865)
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
 

This object is under review for NAGPRA-sensitivity.

Recent updates to NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) require consent from lineal descendants and/or affiliated Native American Tribes or Native Hawaiian Organizations before displaying or researching cultural items. We have removed the public image of this belonging until we can learn more about the wishes of affiliated Tribal officials or the descendants of those who made it.

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Description:
Carved tooth in bird-like shape with pointed beak and carved lines for eyes. Geometric designs on breast.

Tags:
Native American; indigenous people

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