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Carving knife

The Chukchi, Koryak, Yukaghir, and Siberian Yupik peoples all used the “crooked knife” for carving wood. This knife has a thin, slightly curved steel blade pegged to a walrus ivory handle. The circle-dot designs are an ancient decorative motif in the Bering Strait region, going back about 1000 years.

Culture: Eastern Siberian
Region: East Cape, Siberia
Object Category: Tools
Dimensions: Length 11.5cm
Accession Date: 1916
Source: J. E. Standley (seller)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 053172.000