Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Plains maker
  • tomahawk, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, stone, hawk feathers, stone, beads, leather, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 41 x 48 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 16 1/8 x 18 7/8 x 1 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5809

Tomahawk with a small stone head. The wooden handle is carved with an irregular grooved texture for its entire length. The small metal head is held in place with leather strips decorated with two pearly white beads. The other end has a wrapping of leather strips, two ends left loose and a hirt decorated with a crescent shaped grey stone and two brown striped feathers.