Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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seam creaser
  • unknown Musqueam maker
  • seam creaser, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Point Grey, British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 10 x 2.5 x 23 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3 7/8 x 1 x 9 1/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5564

The medium brown wooden seam creaser is shaped to resemble a bird with a head at either end. The body between the heads has an arched back, though the creaser itself is flat from side to side. There is no detail on the birds other than their mouths each being slightly open.

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