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plug
  • Native Alaskan peoples
  • plug, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Aleutian Islands, District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska)?, United States
  • wood, buckskin, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 13 x 4 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 5 1/8 x 1 9/16 x 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5735
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Description

The wooden plug is oval in cross section. One end is rounded and tapered, the other is flat across. There are three angled grooves near the flat end and a hole at the rounded end with a small bit of buckskin through the hole. It is light brown.

It was used to plug wounds in prey animasl to prevent blood loss.