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Walking-stick

Object Number: 
1872.21
Date: 
1850-1870
Medium: 
Wood, metal, bone
Dimensions: 
Overall: 36 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. ( 92.1 x 8.3 cm )
Description: 
Wood cane with twisted shaft, bone knob handle, and metal ferrule; shaft intricately carved with fish, leaves, and four fingers.
Gallery Label: 
According to accession records, the bone handle of this cane was carved by a Mandan Native American. The late John B. Whetten obtained it from this Mandan individual a short time before the destruction of the Mandan Tribe by small pox.
Credit Line: 
Gift of William Whetten
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group