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Hook

Museum number:
2-45471
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Accession number:
Acc.2740
Object count:
1
Description:
Blubberhook. Curved conifer (probably spruce) with hook of walrus ivory attached at distal end with rawhide and with ivory peg.
Donor:
California Historical Society
Collection place:
Alaska
Verbatim coll. place:
Alaska
Culture or time period:
Alaskan Eskimo
Collector:
unknown
Taxon:
Odobenus rosmarus
Object type:
ethnography
Accession date:
1968
Context of use:
For catching hold of pieces of blubber or flesh when "cutting in" a whale or walrus or dragging them round on shore or on the ice, or in the blubber rooms. Intended for shore use. This example is apparently undersized.
Department:
Cat. 2 - North America (except Mexico and Central America)
Dimensions:
length 23 centimeters
Comment:
References: Murdoch, Ethnological results of the Point Barrow Expedition (9th ARBAE), pp. 310-11, Nelson Pl. XXXIII#8.
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