Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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seam creaser
  • Swinomish peoples
  • seam creaser, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States
  • wood, bead, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 7 x 2 x 14.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 2 3/4 x 3/4 x 5 11/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5566

The flat piece of wood is carved to resemble a very rotund bird in profile. The head is small and there is a small pointed tail at the other end. There is a hole through the center. A light green bead represents an eye on the proper left side.

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