Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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mouth piece for a skin buoy
  • Makah peoples
  • mouth piece for a skin buoy, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States
  • bone, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 4.3 x 2.3 x 1.7 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 1 11/16 x 7/8 x 5/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5001

The short, hollow cylinder is carved from bone. There is a wide ridge on the outside middle.

It was used to inflate skin floats for halibut fishing.