Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Kalaallit (Greenland Inuit) maker
  • plug, 1890s
  • Where object was made: Greenland
  • wood, buckskin, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 13 x 4 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 5 1/8 x 1 9/16 x 3/4 in
  • Gift of Lewis Lindsay Dyche
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5741

The wooden plug is oval in cross section. One end is rounded and tapered, the other is flat across. There are three angled grooves near the flat end and a hole at the rounded end with a small bit of buckskin through the hole. It is light brown.

It was used to plug wounds in prey animals to prevent blood loss.