Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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thunderbird seam creaser
  • unknown Cowichan maker
  • thunderbird seam creaser, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Cowichan Bay, British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, carving, stamping
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 8 x 3 x 16 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3 1/8 x 1 1/8 x 6 1/4 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5562

The short dark brown wooden cylinder has a smaller knob-like projection at either end. It has a "C" shaped handle along the cylinder on one side. Either side of the handle is decorated with a row of stamped triangles along the length. There is a groove along the edge. It was apparently intended to be a highly stylized thunderbird.

It was used to firmly press down the seam raised by passing the mat needle through the rushes during manufacture.