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ulimaun “adze”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

Adzes originally had bits made of jade or other hard stone. This 19th century example has an iron bit, bone socket, and caribou antler handle. The seal thong lashings were tied on wet, shrinking as they dried to make a tight fit.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Northwest Alaska
Village: Point Barrow
Object Category: Tools
Dimensions: Length: 33.5cm
Accession Date: 1883
Source: Patrick H. Ray (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E089869