Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Northwest Coast peoples
  • awl, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • bone, pigment?, carving
  • Object Length/Diameter: 11.7 x 0.8 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 4 5/8 x 5/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4989

The bone awl has a pointed end and a blunted end. There are two grooves near the blunted end, giving the end the look of an oval knob. The green color near the grooves may or may not be intentional.