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Abacus used in the office of the Russian America Company in Sitka

Description: wood; beads; metal; glass beads. Descriptive Narrative: Abacus (Russian: shchety). 12 rows of beads strung on metal tubes. The first 7 rows, row 10, row 11 have 10 beads. Row 8 & row 12 have 4 beads each. Row 9 has no beads. 2 black beads are in the center of each of the rows that have 10 beads. There is a hole at the center of one end for the purposes of hanging the board. The back board is cracked down the center. Alaska State Museum - Juneau.

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