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Culture Wasco
Culture Wishram
Title Adze
Date Early 19th century
Medium Elk antler, rawhide, steel, and and brass
Dimensions Object: 11 5/8 × 1 3/4 × 1 5/8 in. (29.5 × 4.4 × 4.1 cm)
Overall (includes mount): 12 1/2 × 2 3/4 × 3 3/4 in. (31.8 × 7 × 9.5 cm)
Credit Line Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 2010.38

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The imported steel blade on this adze is an indication of the enormous trade that took place in the Columbia River Valley beginning around 1700 with a trickle of European trade goods. A tool such as this was used by the Wishram and the Wasco for a variety of purposes, including carving at least the basic forms of wooden objects.

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