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Awl And Cord (USA)

This is a Awl and cord.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from National Museum of the American Indian as part of Tools: Extending Our Reach.

It is dated Created before 1916. Its medium is carved and perforated bone, hide 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.

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