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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection

 

Story knife

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Accession no.: Y: 2019/2
Title: Story knife
Description: A lanceolate piece of bone carved on one side with seven human figures with arms outstretched and a caribou surmounted by another human figure adjacent to a summer tent in the centre. One end is perforated for suspension. Collected by Episcopal missionary Augustus Reginald Hoare in Point Hope, Alaska, between 1908 and 1920.
Classified name:
Cultural affiliation Iñupiat (Iñupiaq; North Alaska Eskimo)
Geographic area United States of America > Alaska > Tikigaq (Point Hope)
Getty AAT
Field collection:
Person Hoare, Augustus Reginald
Date 1908
Place United States of America > Alaska > Tikigaq (Point Hope)
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A lanceolate piece of bone with one flat side and one rounded side. Carved on rounded side with seven human figures with arms outstretched, with a caribou surmounted by another human figure adjacent to a summer tent in the centre. One end is perforated for suspension.

Dimensions:
  • Width: 13mm, length: 154mm, depth: 1mm