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Caribou-antler club

1800/1899

British Museum

British Museum

The club has a fitted grip of skin, and is decorated with incised geometric designs, porcupine quillwork, and beads. The geometric designs may be abstract representations of natural phenomena.Around twenty or twenty-five of these clubs are known. They were used in the Western Subarctic by the Ahtena, Tanaina and other Northern Athapaskan-speaking groups. Sometimes they were fitted with metal points set in the projecting tine. Such weapons were used to finish off wounded game, to kill bears, and in hand-to-hand combat.

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  • Title: Caribou-antler club
  • Date Created: 1800/1899
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 53.00cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: incised; quillwork
  • Registration number: Am1949,22.149
  • Place: Found/Acquired Alaska
  • Peoples: Made by Athapaskan. Made by Subarctic Peoples
  • Other information: Cultural rights may apply.
  • Material: caribou antler
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Oldman, D K. With contribution from The Art Fund. Collected by Oldman, William Ockelford

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