Apr 3, 2012
Apr 3, 2012

Awl Case

Awl Case

c. 1890

Native-tanned hide, glass beads, cotton thread

Overall: 33.7 cm (13 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Katherine Allen Perry 1934.241

Exhibition

Native North America (Native North America rotation)

Did you know?

Plains women hung small bags often decorated with beads from their belts to keep their most important tools at hand.

Description

Plains women hung small bags often decorated with beads from their belts to keep their most important tools at hand. This one contained an awl, a shaft of bone, stone, or metal that tapered to a point and had many functions. One of the most important was to sew animal hides into garments: the awl was used to punch small holes in the hide, and then a thread made of animal sinew was laced through the holes and pulled tight.

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