Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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whale shaped plug
  • unknown Yup'ik maker
  • whale shaped plug, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Kuskokwim River, District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 12.5 x 3.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 4 7/8 x 1 3/8 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5600

The small piece of wood has one end that is tapered, to be inserted into an animal's wound. The other end is carved to resemble a whale with his tail curved up. The wide portion at the middle of the piece has a face, two small dots and a line, and the top portion has two rounded points showing the tail fin. It is brown.