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set of four gaming pieces
  • Salish (Flathead) peoples
  • set of four gaming pieces, late 1800s-1926
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • beaver teeth, wool, string, pigment, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 5.5 x 2.5 x 1 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 2 3/16 x 1 x 3/8 in
    Object Length/Width/Depth: d) 4 x 2 x 0.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: d) 1 9/16 x 13/16 x 3/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5591.a-d

The four game pieces are made from semi-circular beaver incisors, each incised with a design that is rubbed with black pigment. The outer surface is orange brown and the incised surface is light colored. The surface opposite the incised surface is also light colored, though undecorated.

2007.5591.a: is incised with lines at various angles and one "X." The proximal end of the tooth is stuffed with dark blue wool.

2007.5591.b: is incised with a zigzag that follows the arch of the tooth.The proximal end is stuffed with an unbleached cloth.

2007.5591.c: is incised with circles, each with a dot inside. It is wrapped with green string at the midpoint.

2007.5591.d: is incised with angled lines, giving the impression of an incomplete zigzag. It is stuffed with dark green cloth.