University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Object Number:70-9-301
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Cree
Provenience: Canada
Culture Area: Subarctic (Culture Area)
Section:American
Materials:Wood
Brass
Fiber
Horsehair
Credit Line:Bequest of Samuel Pennypacker, 1970

Description

Quirt or horse whip. Carved wooden body and handle, with designs burnt onto it. Brass tacks are also nailed into wood in various places, forming lines of nails that follow certain contours of the wood. Small holes are dug into one long contour, running half the length of the wooden piece. At the handle end, there is attached a loop of braided horse-hair- 4 strands are braided, 2 of black hair, 2 of white. At the other end there is a hole carved through the wood, through which is attached a long strand of braided cloth. Around the braid is braided more black and white horsehair. There is a horsehair tassle at each end of the whip.


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