Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

  • unknown Native Alaskan maker
  • bracelet, 1930s–1948
  • Where object was made: Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States
  • walrus ivory, elastic, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 2 x 6.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3/4 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of George W. Traw
  • On view: 20/21 Gallery, 405, Metal Drawer 3
  • 2007.5004

The bracelet is made from flat ivory beads alternating brown or light color. The brown beads are mostly round. The light colored beads are very small polar bears. There are two seals in light colored ivory on one side, hinged together at the tail. The beads are strung on thin elastic.