Collection: Fry

Item Number: Fry0190

Category: Plug - Wound Plug

Region: Arctic

Tribe: Eskimo

Period: 1875-1900

Materials: Wood

Description: These wound plugs were utilized by Eskimo hunters to insert into the wounds of hunted sea mammals, primarily seals. The plugs were inserted into the wounds and tied in place, to stop the bleeding, as the blood of the animal was utilized along with all other components. The large curved plug may actually be a throat plug used to prevent the animal from filling with water and sinking, as it was being pulled to shore behind a kayak.

Dimensions: 1.5" to 9"


Jeffrey Myers, New York, N.Y.


Lure of the Arctic, Cincinnati Art Museum, October 2007 - January 2008

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