Arctic Exhibit

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Catalog # Name Description
1 00.4.13.540.1 Pick, ice Native North American ice pick and fire starter made from polished ivory. One end of the part of ivory is carved into a thick, dull, point. The other end was used as a fire starter. A hole was rubbed onto a flat part of the ivory, indicating the use.
2 00.4.13.540.3 Pick, ice Blunt ice pick made of polished ivory. One end has axe like features while the other end has a clear cut cross section. The cross section indicates a clear image as to the type of ivory the ice pick is made from, walrus tusk.
3 00.70.28 Axe Possible Ivory adze head due to appearance and size, further research is necessary. Made from fossilized walrus tusk. It has a carved ax-like edge that has visible wear marks from use. Some discoloration from use. The secondary dentine layer appears to have fallen out of natural causes rather than intentionally hollowed by the user.
4 1989.43.116 Bead Trade; Cornaline d'Alleppo. 5 beads, melted together. Three white and two red over green. Color: RD,WH,GR 1989.43.116 (Bead) image
5 1989.43.118 Bead Trade; Wound bead.. Color: BL 1989.43.118 (Bead) image
6 1989.43.55 Breastplate Breastplate segment; runner section; has four holes through it.
7 1989.60.13 Fishhook Made from bone. A long thin sharpened piece of bone is connected to a smaller sharpened at an angle. Discolored from use.
8 1990.42.42 Pendant Pendant made from a walrus molar. Hole drilled in the root end for a string or chain. The ivory is carved into a teardrop shape and is smooth.
9 2003.14.2 Scraper Long bone shaft carved at top with 2 3/4'' extending off shaft. Two holes in bottom with string laced through. Bone very porous on carved section and underneath extending piece, and at bottom.
10 2006.9.13 bone, worked The bone is roughly spike shaped -- the piece gradually narrows from one end to the other. The wider side is darker in color and porous--running along the length the piece flattens and terminates in a small rounded tip. Clear indication of carving in the mid section to create a point. 2006.9.13 (bone, worked) image
11 2006.9.14 Fragment Very rough-shaped oblong wood piece; a notched portion juts out and widens the fragment. A large 1/2-in wide depression has been whittled into the middle of the fragment. The depression shows similarities to tools used for starting fires.
12 2006.9.16 ivory fragment broken fragment with multiple faces. The underside and side are smooth and flat, while the other sides of the piece are smoothed into a flat semicylinder. The two ends appear unfinished and are rough. Color: TN 2006.9.16 (ivory fragment) image
13 2006.9.18 ivory fragment the piece gradually narrows from one end to the other. The top of the piece is rough and unpolished. The underside is slightly concave and smooth. One end of the piece appears to have been broken. Color: TN and GY
14 2006.9.19 ivory fragment this piece is semi-cylindrical with a flat bottom of two, slightly unparallel polished planes. One end is rough and striated showing layers of ivory. The mid-section of the piece is polished and rounded into a semi-cylinder. The other end has been notched into the midsection and this plane is polished. Color: TN
15 2006.9.20 ivory fragment a broken piece; one side is polished smooth into a semi-cylinder. The underside is more rough with a peak runnin the width of the piece. A short knob-like piece juts from one edge of this peak. Color: BR and TN
16 2006.9.21 ivory fragment rough fragment in a roughly conical shape. The sides are flattened and the piece narrows to a blunt tip. Color: TN
17 2006.9.22 ivory fragment long broken fragment in a rough pyramid shape. One side is polished smooth and rounded. The other two sides are flat. The piece narrows to a dull point and the back end has been broken and is rough. The narrow tip also appears broken. Color: TN
18 2006.9.23 ivory fragment a long, slender pyramidal-shaped piece with smooth polished sides that narrows to a sharp tip. The blunt end appears broken and is very rough-edged. Color: TN
19 2006.9.24 ivory fragment a long rectangular piece that narrows slightly towards one end. Three sides are smooth and flat; the fourth side is rough and appears broken. The two ends appear broken and are rough and uneven. Color: BR
20 2006.9.25 ivory fragment a clyindrical piece that slightly narrows towards one end. The piece is smooth. Two small notches have been made near the wider end of the piece. The wide end is rough and appears broken off. The narrow end is smoothed diagonally. Color: TN
21 2006.9.28 ivory fragment a short cylindrical piece that narrows very slightly towards one end. The piece is polished fairly smooth. One set of etchings can be seen near the edge. Each end of the cylinder are rough and appear broken or very roughly shaped. Color: BR 2006.9.28 (ivory fragment) image
22 2006.9.3 Adornment Small carved figure of a fox head. The piece is roughly tear-shaped with a flat base; one side tapers into the fox's muzzle, and the other side has two small ridges that compose the ears. The eyes and tip of the nose are indicated with small painted dots.
23 2006.9.30 sleigh a long flat piece that has been shaped smooth, but still porous. Two holes have been cut about an inch apart in the middle of the length. Either end of the piece appears roughly broken off. A small rounded peg is inserted into one of the middle holes. Color: TN and BR 2006.9.30 (sleigh) image
24 2006.9.31 breastplate piece is long and narrow. One side of the piece is slightly convex and both sides are smooth. Pairs of slits are on either end, as well as a pair in the middle of the piece. There are slight nicks on the convex sides. Color: BR 2006.9.31 (breastplate) image
25 2006.9.32 sleigh Excellently crafted. Underside of piece is shaped flat and smooth. The upperside is slightly rounded and shaped flat. Each edge is smoothed and uniform in width. A smooth hole lies on either end of the piece; a third hole is in the center of the piece. Color: BR
26 2006.9.33 sleigh underside of piece is shaped flat and smooth. The upperside is slightly rounded and polished smooth. Two holes are cut through the piece near one end. All edges are smooth, except for one end; that end appears broken off and is rough. Color: TN 2006.9.33 (sleigh) image
27 2006.9.39 needle, netmaking this large needle is narrow at the base, then widens into a triangular-shaped shaft. The shaft gradually flattens back into a narrowed, flat-edged tip. Two narrow triangular-shaped slits pass horizontally through the piece near the base. The piece is tan with mottled borwn spots; the piece is brown at the top. Color: TN and BR
28 2006.9.4 Adornment Small carved figure of a fox head. The piece is roughly tear-shaped with a flat base; one side tapers into the fox's muzzle, and the other side has two small ridges that compose the ears. The eyes and tip of the nose are indicated with small painted dots.
29 2006.9.40 hook this hook is flat and has a shallow hook on the tip. The piece then widens into a flattened handle. The piece appears broken, as the base is jagged. This piece is smooth but not polished; several shallow grooves run perpendicular to the piece along one side of the piece. Color: TN and GY 2006.9.40 (hook) image
30 2006.9.41 hook a long smooth cylindrical piece. The bottom flattens and the piece gradually narrows until 1 5/8 in from the tip; here it juts wider by 1/16 in and then narrows again to a thin, 1/4-in-wide tip. It appears that the hook has broken off. Color: TN 2006.9.41 (hook) image
31 2006.9.42 hook a long slender piece; its base is rough, unfinished and narrow. The piece immediately widens. The length of the shaft is in a flattened diamond-shape with rounded edges. The piece narrows, then widens again by 1/16 in, then narrows again to a 1/4 in-wide thin tip. The hook appears to be broken or worn off significantly. Color: GY and TN 2006.9.42 (hook) image
32 2006.9.43 dart appears to be an unfinished barbed point and has a broken tip. The first two barbs are finished and sharply jut from either side of the piece. A third barb is unfinished; a small, narrow slot cuts through the piece lengthwise. Two notches are carved from the edge to the slot's ends. The piece is three-sided, with only one sharpened edge. The back tip is flattened and 1/8in wide. Color: BR 2006.9.43 (dart) image
33 2006.9.44 spear, fish long four-sided point with rounded edges. One end abruptly narrows and a sharpened point extends out of the piece. The other end has broken off and left a diagonal cleavage point. Color: TN
34 2006.9.45 Spear, fish the tip of this spear point is broken and now the tip is dull. The piece is long and slender; the piece is roughly triangular in shape. A sharpened hook juts from the tip towards the base. The main shaft widens towards the base, then abruptly narrows and formas a sharp point. Color: BR 2006.9.45 (Spear, fish) image
35 2006.9.46 line guide long, slender, roughly cylindrical shaft. While one end appears unfinished or broken, the other end of the shaft has a 1/2 in-wide notch, leaving a bifurcated tail end. Color: BR
36 2006.9.47 finger rest an L-shaped polished piece of ivory with a large hole at the base of the vertical portion. Underneath the base, there are some slight ridges. Color: TN
37 2006.9.48 drill an asymmetrical (possibly due to breakage) w-shaped piece. The bottom of the piece has been broken off and is flat. One end of the piece juts upwards, as does the middle. The middle jut has a 1/4 in hole passing through. The othe rend of the piece is fairly flat and slanted downwards (it may have been broken off). Color: CR
38 2006.9.49 ivory fragment an elongated-egg-shaped piece. Each end comes to a dull point. The piece is rough with varying coloration from light orange to brown. A long crack runs half the length of the piece and extends through the width of the piece. Color: TN and BR 2006.9.49 (ivory fragment) image
39 2006.9.50 harpoon the head of the point is in the shape of an elongated spade that narrows and flattens to a sharp tip. The back end of the point rises vertically at a 45` angle, and a small notch creates a bifurcated tip. A large hole is on the back end; two small holes near the back on either side create a tunnel through the width of the point's midsection. Color: TN
40 2006.9.51 harpoon the head of the point is barbed (five barbs total) and narrows to a polished tip. The back end of the point is in the shape of an isoceles triangle, pointing in the opposite direction than the head of the point. There is a small oval tunnel that cuts through the base of the head. Color: TN
41 2006.9.52 harpoon this piece appears broken; all that remains is the front of the head. The tip is flattened and narrows to a point. A 3/16 in-diameter hole lies in the middle of the head. Behind this hole are two notched slits that cut diagonally through the head. A 1/16 in-deep notch is cut out between the two slits on one side of the head. Color: TN 2006.9.52 (harpoon) image
42 2006.9.53 dart A small point with five barbs along the head of the point, ending with a narrowed polished tip. A narrow oval hole extends through the width of the point at the base of the head. A flat nub extends out of the back end of the point. Color: TN 2006.9.53 (dart) image
43 2006.9.54 spear, fish a polished piece with mottled coloration. A sharp tip widens into a flattened diamond-shaped shaft. A barb juts off to one side of the shaft. The shaft rounds out into a cylindrical shape at the base. The shaft abruptly narrows and sharpens into a narrow point. Several small notches are on this point. Color: TN and BR 2006.9.54 (spear, fish) image
44 2006.9.55 spear, fish a slender, very flat spear point. The sharp tip widens into a flattened diamond-shaped shaft. 1 3/8in from the tip, a short barb juts out of the shaft. At this point the piece rounds into a cylindrical shape, then abruptly narrows again into a flattened 1/8 in-wide by 7/8 in-long nubbed tip. Color: BR
45 2006.9.56 harpoon the foreshaft of the point is in the shape of an elongated spade, which tapers and comes to a sharp tip. The back end of the point rises vertically at a 45` angle, and the back has a large, deep hole. Two shallow indentations on the sides of the back end of the point lead to a round hole that extends through the width of the point's midsection. Color: TN
46 2006.9.57 harpoon the sharp tip of the harpoon head is apparently broken off. A large hole (1/4 in diameter) goes through the middle of the head. Just behind the hole are two parallel slits that cut diagonally through the head. The back of the head severely tapers off to an off-center point. Etched lines are evident on every side of the head. Color: TN 2006.9.57 (harpoon) image
47 2006.9.59 labret oval pice, in a slightly hour-glass shape. Top and bottom flat surfaces are slightly concave. All surfaces are polished smooth. Color: TN
48 2006.9.6 barb, lance Long, narrow, slightly curved piece. One half is polished smooth to a point; other half is notched and roughened covering half of the barb, with a small hole near the tip. The smooth point has a piece broken off from use. The entire surface is darkened and stained.
49 2006.9.60 finger rest an irregularly-shaped piece. The base is concave and is polished smooth. The remainder of the piece is unpolished. The piece is cylindrical and narrows to a very blunt point. The point is very irregular and bumpy. Color: TN 2006.9.60 (finger rest) image
50 2006.9.67 amulet This piece's coloration is spotty. The piece itself arcs slightly. The piece begins with a small nob which widens into a cylindrical shaft that narrows and arcs to a nubbed point. Several small notches lie at the base of the small nob. Color: TN and BR