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: 4.8 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 1 7/8 x 5/8 x 9/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5002

The hollow cylinder is carved from bone. There are two raised ridges near one end.

It was used to inflate skin floats for halibut fishing