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Story Knife


From: Alaska | Point Barrow

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number NA6
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Eskimo
Provenience Alaska | Point Barrow
Culture Area Arctic Culture Area
Section American
Materials Ivory

Long flat story knife made of ivory. The narrow end has two loop openings and the blade gradually widens to a gentle curve. Incised decorative lines include "skeletal markings" along the spine (29 single or sets of lines) and base (29 lines) of the knife and four nucleated cirle or "eye and hole" motifs (which suggest the joints of an animal) along the center of the blade. The knife is smoothed from use.

Length 35 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Miss G. E. Wiestling, 1904

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