Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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walrus shaped plug
  • unknown Yup'ik maker
  • 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 2.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 4 3/4 x 1 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5602

The conical wooden piece is used to plug the wound and prevent blood loss. It has the head and shoulders of a walrus at the opposite end. It has prominent tusks. There is a ridge between the walrus head and the remainder of the plug.