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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Alaska Native; Yupik or Iñupiat
Title:Walrus tusk cribbage board
Date Made:early 20th century
Type:Recreational Gear
Materials:walrus ivory
Place Made:North America; Alaska
Accession Number:  MH SK 2006.209.INV
Credit Line:Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mount Holyoke College
Museum Collection:  The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College

Description:
Ivory tusk, carved into a game. The tusk has black etchings of seals, a fish, a polar bear head, and an Inuit figure in a sea kayak on the front and back. On one side, a design is carved that surrounds four rows (two and two) of small holes into the tusk. At the base of the tusk, an ivory piece covers the hollow, appearing to slide open to expose the inside of the tusk (although it no longer opens easily).

Tags:
indigenous people; Native American; games; animals; walrus; tusks

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