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animal shaped plug
  • Yup'ik peoples
  • animal shaped plug, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Kuskokwim River, District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 11 x 2 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 4 5/16 x 3/4 x 3/4 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5605

The conical wooden plug is used to prevent losing blood from prey. The unidentified animal head is carved at the opposite end. The animal has a prominent snout. The head is oriented on the axis of the plug, rather than facing out from the plug. It is brown.