E0668: Inuit- Bead

Ethnographic

Identifier:
E0668
Classification Category:
3:Personal Artifacts ➞ Adornment
Materials:
animal ➔ ivory
Dimensions:
5.5 cm L
2 cm W
2.7 cm H
Ethnic Group:
Native American ➞ Inupiaq
Use/Function:
"Beads were often made from ivory, bone or shells. Beads are a common item found on clothing, often decorating the shoulders and front flaps of jackets, and also on shoes and mittens. The design of the beads range from small non-descript white squares to animal shapes. Occasionally strings of breads were used to attach objects such as pipes or tobacco pouches to belts."
Source Locality:
Brevig Mission, Alaska, USA
Acquisition Date:
1894 – 1916
Description:
Inuit bead carved from a single piece of ivory in shape of a seal. Donated by Rev. T.L. Brevig in 1898.