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  • unknown Native Alaskan maker
  • plug, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Aleutian Islands, District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska)?, United States
  • wood, buckskin, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 10.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 4 1/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5737

The cylindrical wooden plug is slightly tapered toward one end. Seven angled grooves (threaded like a screw) cover most of the length. There is a hole in the tapered end with a small bit of buckskin filling it. It is light brown.

It was used to plug wounds in prey animals to prevent blood loss.