Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Yanktonai peoples
  • flesher, late 1800s–1950
  • Where object was made: Fort Thompson, South Dakota, United States
  • iron, buckskin, sinew
  • Object Length/Width: 34 x 4 cm width at teeth
    Object Length/Width: 13 3/8 x 1 9/16 in width at teeth
  • Gift of Carlyle S. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1290

The iron tool is made from the barrel of a gun, with a fine-toothed flattened end. The handle is wrapped in buckskin and stitched together with sinew. A strap of buckskin is sewn near the end and looped as a handle.