Awl And Cord (USA), Created before 1916
This is a Awl and cord.
Women used awls to make the holes in gut or skin through which they would then thread sinew, animal hide or other fibers to stitch the pieces of material together. Awls came in a variety of sizes, suitable to the different thicknesses of the materials to be sewn. These small, shapely ivory points would have been used to perforate thinner skins or gut.
It is credited
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, 4/8457.
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Its dimensions are
L (awl): 13.2 cm (5 3/16 in.) L (cord overall): 14.9 cm (5 7/8 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Tools: Extending Our Reach.