University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:70-9-414
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: United States of America
King William County (Virginia)
Pamunkey Reservation
Culture Area: Southeast Culture Area
Maker: Alberta Bradby (uncertain)
Height: 10.5 cm
Width: 15 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Samuel Pennypacker, 1970


Made to represent bear's paw which brings good luck to the owner. Paul Miles Pamunkey, June trip 1940. Initials M.A.B? carved on the bottom. Painted orange; around the rim are painted 7 blue triangles with black outlining; between the groups of triangles are painted 2 series of dots- 4 blue and one black in the center. There is a geometric design in the base of the ash tray which presumably represents the pad of the bear's paw; the blue triangles might represent the claws. The ash tray is in the shape of a horse shoe; the open end has 4 indentations for cigarettes. Possibly made by Alberta Bradby- MAB.

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