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Engraved woodblock of hand signs for the letters 'S' through 'Y'

Engraved woodblock of hand signs for the letters 'S' through 'Y'

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This engraved woodblock shows hand signs for the letters "S" through "Y." The illustration was used in a publication relating to the gesture-signs and signals of the North American Indians by Garrick Mallery; it was prepared and printed by the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. for the Bureau of American Ethnology in about 1880.
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Object Name
Object Type
Wood Engraving
date made
ca 1880
Bureau of American Ethnology
Government Printing Office
Mallery, Garrick
block maker
Grottenthaler, V.
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Associated Place
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
overall: 17.9 cm x 10.2 cm x 2.3 cm; 7 1/16 in x 4 in x 7/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Native Americans
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Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
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Wood Blocks for early Bureau of American Ethnology Publications, Graphic Arts Collection
Wood Engravings, Graphic Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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