Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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harpoon piece
  • unknown Kwih-dich-chuh-aht (Makah) maker
  • harpoon piece, late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States
  • bone, sinew, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 14.5 x 4.5 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 5 11/16 x 1 3/4 x 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4967

The two bone barbs are lashed together with a light colored sinew. Each barb is cut at an angle on one end and the concavities face toward each other. The opposite end of each has a ridge, where the sinew is secured, and the end itself is flat.