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Gun case

Fire-arms of every possible description are used by the Chukchee. From the Russians they receive, even at the present time, clumsy firelocks, while the Americans bring percussion-guns and breach-loaders. All fire-arms are furnished with supports and gun-cases.

—Waldemar Bogoras, from “The Chukchee,” 1904-1909

The Chukchi acquired various kinds of guns from American whaling ships and the Russian army. This protective case is made of sealskin with decorative stitching and skin appliqué.

Culture: Eastern Siberian
Region: Siberia
Object Category: Hunting
Dimensions: Length 108cm
Accession Date: 1931
Source: Victor J. Evans (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E359022