Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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incised tooth
  • unknown Kwih-dich-chuh-aht (Makah) maker
  • incised tooth, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States
  • ivory, pigment, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 16 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 6 1/4 x 2 1/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5022

The tooth is long and tapered to a point at one end and is open at the other. The scene depicts a whale, followed by a boat with two people. The front person stands with a club and harpoon, the back person sits with a paddle.

The back is decorated with a fish and a lure.