Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cribbage board and game pieces
  • unknown Native Alaskan maker
  • cribbage board and game pieces, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States
  • walrus tusk, crayon, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 29 x 6.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 11 3/8 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Traw
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0585.a-h
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This cribbage board (2007.0585.a) was carved from a tusk and retains the overall curvature. There is one walrus tightly flexed at the narrow end with black and red details on the face. It has a rectangular grid portion divided into 24 squares (4x6) each with five holes. There are two walruses on one long side of the grid portion with their heads together. It has four fish at the wider end of the board and one other unidentified sea mammal on the other long side of the grid portion. The animals all have red and black details.

There are seven pegs (2007.0585.b-h).
There are three pegs that are inserted on the underside and the legs are undecorated. There are four pegs to be inserted on top as counters and they have a fish tail detail.