Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Sin'has
  • staff, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Northeastern United States
  • wood, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 80 x 3.5 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 31 1/2 x 1 3/8 x 9/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5713

The narrow rectangular piece of wood is flat at one end, but slightly tapered. The other end tapers, then there is a round element with a hole in the center. The surface is decorated with incised scenes.
Side one, from the facing left is a figure between two houses, possibly a landscape within a triangular enclosure with two figures on top, two figures standing over a third figure with a row of tall grass-like plants, a figure standing inside a square with a table and a second figure, four figures standing over the top of a boat, two larger figures with three smaller figures between, one figure standing inside a house, an empty house, and two figures walking, one with a square behind him.
Side two, from the facing left is four standing figures, the shortest at the left, a single figure inside a house, a house with two windows with a horse standing beside and a second house outline. There is a house outline, a platform with a figure standing on it, holding something in the proper left hand, four standing figures, a circle with a cross inside, a house with a square on the lower facing left corner, two standing figures with a pointed object between attached to two curving lines, a square, a circle, a circle with a dot in the center, and a grass-like plant.
Side three (the narrow side) is four vertical lines and two standing figures, one with a triangle.