19TH C. ESKIMO SEALING HARPOON SHAFT, WHALE TAIL THUMB REST
Origin: Canadian Arctic and Sub-arctic, Inuit People
Period/Date: Mid to Late 19th century
Materials: Hardwood, Whale bone, Whale Baleen, Walrus Ivory, cord/ sinew
Description: This classic and very old harpoon shaft features many materials in its ingenious construction. The focal point, located mid-shaft, is a beautifully carved Whale tail made from Walrus ivory. It served as a thumb rest and most importantly was an amulet for "hunting magic". The shaft itself has a dark varied dry patina and retains most of its Baleen binding. The end of its shaft is a bone ice pick for gauging the thickness of ice by stabbing it before walking over it. Often these are broken off but this on is intact! Note the fine craftsmanship and integration of this element into the wooden shaft. It is missing its harpoon dart or tip which is quite common.
Dimensions: Height 68" (168 cm), Width 2.25" (6 cm)
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