Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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adze handle
  • unknown Lhaq'temish (Lummi) maker
  • adze handle, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: San Juan Island, Washington, United States
  • whale bone, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 8 x 4.5 x 17 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3 1/8 x 1 3/4 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5696

The adze handle is made of carved bone. The handle is straight and cylindrical. One strut is straight and the other strut is curved. The base is flat with a recess along most of the length to receive the blade. It is mottled white.

The handle once had a flint blade.