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Artefact of the Day 3/8

August 4, 2015

IMG_5594The Artefact of the Day was found by Yolie in the floor-like fill under the boardwalk. It is a wooden labret with a carved decorative surface. The fish-bone, or skeleton, pattern is an ancient motif, common among Yup’ik decorations. We have found labrets made of wood, ivory, bone and stone. The wooden labrets are most common, but they are often simple and undecorated (if simple is a word that can be used for facial jewelry). This labret is unusual, and quite impressive both size- and decoration wise. It must have given its wearer quite an imposing appearance.

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