Staff with Inlay
Length: 107.5 cm (42 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Short, straight staff with a decorated handle and plain shaft. The top of the staff is covered with birch bark, followed by an elaboratly decorated band made of bark-inlays. The shaft is left plain, with a high-polish and is knotted in places. The bottom of the staff is rounded and does not exhibit signs of wear.
By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection,Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way