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Catalog Number

CAS 0143-0537   CAS 0143-0537; "Slave killer" club
Category Weaponry
Object Name "Slave killer" club
Culture Karuk or Shasta
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. California
County Siskiyou
Other Geographic Data unknown
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. mid to late 1800s
Collection Name N/A
Materials Stone: steatite
Description Club commonly referred to as slave killer, in form of animal with small head that tapers to pointed snout, 2 small ears, front and hind legs, and very long tail; Eyes are indicated on head by 2 shallow indentations and mouth by paired grooves extending from near eyes to snout; 3 parallel zigzag lines are lightly incised along each side of face, just above mouth; single incised groove encircles neck and deep groove extends along back of animal from the snout to base of tail; Surfaces are well polished overall and general color is black.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 12.4, Thickness = 2.8, Length = 37.6