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pump drill for turquoise
  • unknown Diné (Navajo) maker
  • pump drill for turquoise, late 1800s–1950
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wood, stone, metal, buckskin
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 40 x 19.5 x 6.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 15 3/4 x 7 5/8 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6053

The drill has a wooden shaft that has a nail at one end. There is a stone disc near the pointed end. There is a hole through the other end with a buckskin strip that passes through the hole and is knotted on each end of a flat crosspiece that is mobile between the stone disc and the end.