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beaded awl case and awl
  • unknown Cheyenne maker
  • beaded awl case and awl, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • synthetic buckskin, pigment, bone?, beading, carving
  • Object Length/Diameter: a 58 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: a 22 13/16 x 3/4 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b 13 x 1 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b 5 1/8 x 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3913.a,b

This is a cylindrical awl case (2007.3913.a). There is green buckskin at the top and brown buckskin fringe at the end. The awl is fully covered with beads. There is a wide stripe of white in the center, narrower stripes of red, light blue and yellow on either end. There is a buckskin loop for hanging.

The conical bone awl (2007.3919.b) is sharply pointed at one end and has a spiralling groove near the larger end.