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Klamath artist, Purse, 19th century, elk antler, The Elizabeth Cole Butler Collection, no known copyright restrictions, 87.88.72

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Title

Purse

Artist

Klamath artist (Klamath)

Date

19th century

Medium

elk antler

Dimensions (H x W x D)

1 5/8 in x 1 3/8 in x 5 1/4 in

Collection Area

Native American Art

Category

California

Plateau

Western Oregon

Bags and Pouches

Object Type

purse

Cultural Group

Klamath

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Cole Butler Collection

Accession Number

87.88.72

Copyright

no known copyright restrictions

Terms

antler

Klamath

Plateau Native American styles

The Elizabeth Cole Butler Collection

Description

Tribes such as the Yurok of northwestern Califonia and the Klamath of southern Oregon carried on a lively tradition of carving items from both elk antlers and wood. Elk antlers were cut in sections to be fashioned into small containers for dentalia, a marine shell that was used as money by the Yurok and other tribes of northwestern California.

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