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decoy or drag?
  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • decoy or drag?, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 18 x 19 x 45 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 7 1/16 x 7 1/2 x 17 11/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5528

The carved wooden representation is of a water animal, possibly a seal. The proportions are very off, the largest element being the face. The snout looks seal-like. The eyes, mouth and nostrils are red. The hump on top of the carving may be a part of the head or the body. There is a yellow line around the bottom and back of the main body. Four dark brown feet are pegged onto the bottom, two forward-facing, two rear-facing. There is a small dark brown paddle-like tail at the rear. The majority of the head/body is brown.

It was possibly used as a drag to slow game.