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Boat hook

Museum number:
2-1806
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21020001806
Accession number:
Acc.46
Object count:
1
Description:
Boat hook; red-stained wood shaft with walrus ivory seal-shaped "hook." Rawhide lashing.
Donor:
Phoebe Apperson Hearst
Collection place:
Northwest Bering Sea, Alaska
Verbatim coll. place:
Alaska; Northwest Bering Sea
Culture or time period:
Alaskan Eskimo
Collector:
Charles L. Hall
Collection date:
ca. 1895
Taxon:
Odobenus rosmarus
Object type:
ethnography
Accession date:
August 12, 1902
Context of use:
These double-pointed hooks are commonly used for drawing out articles from the interior of kaiaks (back end of seal is forked); specimen may be from Norton Sound as is Nelson example.
Department:
Cat. 2 - North America (except Mexico and Central America)
Dimensions:
length 1.66 meters
Comment:
Context of use. cf. Nelson, Pl. LXXVIII#17.
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