Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Lower Elwha Klallam peoples
  • cradle, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States
  • wood, leather, cotton
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 67 x 22.5 x 13.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 26 3/8 x 8 7/8 x 5 5/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6184

The wooden rectangle has a tilted, slightly trapezoidal piece of wood at one end to support a baby's head while resting on the flat board. The tilted piece is supported by a short piece of wood at a right angle to the main board. There are two sets of three holes in the center of the main board. There are holes along the edge of the tilted board and a portion of the main board near the tilted board. The strips of leather (and one bit of shoelace) through some of the holes would have been used to secure the bundled baby to the board. It is brown.