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tool for splitting basketry material
  • Northwest Coast peoples
  • tool for splitting basketry material, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, metal, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 32.5 x 14.5 x 8.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 12 3/4 x 5 11/16 x 3 3/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6160

The wooden tool has a crosspiece and a dowel. The crosspiece is relatively large. It has an arched top that tapers toward the ends. The dowel goes through the center. One side of the dowel is longer and narrower. The shorter, wider end has a wooden tab inserted through it along with a flat piece of metal. One end of the metal is straight, the other is irregular. It is a light natural color.