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Flattened spherical stone covered by two pieces of leather sewn together around wood handle with sinew. Upper and lower ends of handle wrapped with additional band of leather with wide fringes at each end; upper band wrapped with three rows of light and medium blue seed beads. Long hank of black...

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Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

Sioux people, 19th century

Object Place

Possibly South Dakota, United States


Length 30.5 cm, width 16.0 cm, thickness 9.0 cm (Length 12 in., width 6 5/16 in., thickness 3 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone, leather, wood, hair


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