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Catalog Number 4464P
Accession number 1956.001.
Object Name Bob, Plumb
Description Dark colored large ston plummet, ungrooved.

From "North American Indian Ornamental & Ceremonial Artifacts" by Lar Hothem: Plummets, also found across much of the U.S., have simple, elongated shapes. Again, there are types and varieties. Plummets (named after the carpenter's plumb-bob, which they somewhat resemble) average perhaps 2 1/2 inches long. They tend to be heavier at the bottom end, while the top end usually has some method of attachment or suspension. This may be either a thin groove or a drill-hole. Some plummets, though obviously finished, show no attachment method at all. While it is thought that plummets may be tools - weights for bolas sets, or for the edges of small, thrown nets - there are other examples that show no signs of actual use. It has been suggested that plummets without suspension means may have been sewn into leather pockets and used in that fashion. Plummets are often found near bodies of water, adding support to the thought that they were weights for entanglement or snaring devices for waterfowl, or were at least part of such kits. However, some plummets are beautifully made of polished hardstone and obviously were never intended for hard use. Many plummets were made of hematite or iron ore, but examples of colored quartzite or even clear rock crystal are known. Some examples were even engraved.
Collection Adam East Collection
Dimensions L-12.5 cm
Source East, Adam
Collector Adam East
Material Stone