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Box ornaments

Museum number:
2-6087a,b
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21026087a@2cb
Alternate number:
x-2280 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.167
Object count:
2
Description:
Pair of carved ivory heads of walrus, each with inlaid eyes (some inlay missing), 2 perforations on basal ends. Ivory; two walrus heads carved in similar style held together with little wood pegs; tusks and other parts of body sawed away; was probably part of harpoon rest, or decoration of hunting visor. Possibly a harpoon rest or hunting visor decoration. Native name: calinguaq.
Donor:
Alaska Commercial Company, Benjamin Bristol, and Older University Collections
Collection place:
Bering Sea and North, Alaska
Verbatim coll. place:
Alaska; Bering Sea
Culture or time period:
Alaskan Eskimo
Collector:
unknown
Collection date:
1898
Materials:
Ivory (material) and Wood (plant material)
Taxon:
Odobenus rosmarus
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
1.1 Hunting and Fishing and 1.6 Manufacturing, Constructing, Craft, and Professional Pursuits
Accession date:
1904
Context of use:
part of harpoon rest/hunting visor
Department:
Cat. 2 - North America (except Mexico and Central America)
Dimensions:
b)— height 2 centimeters, a)— length 2.8 centimeters, b)— length 2.4 centimeters, a)— height 2.2 centimeters, b)— width 2.3 centimeters, and a)— width 2.4 centimeters
Comment:
Neg. number: ACC27-01 p. 102 Graburn
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