Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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seal shaped plug
  • unknown Yup'ik maker
  • seal 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: 11.5 x 2 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 4 1/2 x 3/4 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5604

The conical plug is shaped like a "sitting" seal. The front flippers are visible below the seal's body, but the back of the body is not distinguised from the rest of the plug. It was intended to plug the wound and prevent blood loss.