Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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seal and walrus shaped plug
  • unknown Yup'ik maker
  • seal and walrus 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 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 4 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5601

The conical wooden piece is used to plug the wound in a hunted seal. The wider end shows a seal head and a portion of the body facing one direction. There is a walrus head with large tusks facing the other direction.