The whole whip is made of dark horn. The handle is naively carved in the shape of a buffalo or bison - there is a hole through its head which I suspect once carried bone horns.
At the end of the shaft there is a flattened and slightly curved piece of horn, old binding covers the place where theis joins the shaft, so it is difficult to say whether it is the same piece of horn. There is a split in the horn just below the binding, the horn here can move a little - this would make the whip unsuitable for use. This is a very unusual piece - there is a similar example without the carved handle in Brooklyn Museum, it is said to come from the Cheyenne people Dimensions : Length 69cm or 27¼inches, Buffalo 6cm 2¼ inches Weight : 84g or 3oz. Please look at the images and ask for any information that I've omitted.
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