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January 27, 2012

Carved bone hide scraper

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Carved bone hide scraper

Tool for scraping animal hide carved out of bone and used by Dakota Indians.  The metal scraping edge is tied to the bone handle with leather thongs; the handle itself is incised with decorative markings.  The tool was collected by Jacob C. Pope, Minnesota State Representative 1899-1903.  Creation date unknown, but probably 19th century.

For more details, view the scraper in our online collections catalog.

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