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: 10.5 x 2 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 4 1/8 x 3/4 x 3/4 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5603

The conical piece of wood has a walrus head at the top, identified by the large tusks. It is light brown. It was intended to prevent blood loss from a wound.