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seven bone buttons
  • Native Alaskan peoples
  • seven bone buttons, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States?
  • bone, sinew, pigment, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 6 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 2 3/8 x 1 3/4 x 9/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5653
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Description

Seven buttons of carved bone are strung on sinew.

Five of the buttons are oval, with a band of circles around the perimeter and two in the center. Each circle has a dot in the center, made visible with black pigment. There are two rectangular beads, each with a circle in the corner and one in the center. Each circle has a dot in the center, also accentuated with black pigment. The back of each button has a raised portion with a hole through it.