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Carving

Museum number:
2-180
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21020000180
Accession number:
Acc.46
Object count:
1
Description:
Half walrus tusk with engraved and darkened darkened drawings; 4 umiaks (2 under sail) with men aboard, one of whom is harpooning a whale; 1 kayak with Eskimo aboard; 1 ribbon seal, 2 walrus and 1 seal head.
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:
Novelty.
Department:
Cat. 2 - North America (except Mexico and Central America)
Dimensions:
length 57.5 centimeters
Comment:
especially interesting because of portrayal of ribbon seal (Histriophoca fasciata). This sp. rarely seen. See foto in Walker, Mammals of the World, v. 2, p. 1305, 1968 2nd ed.; also Nelson illustrates a clothing bag made from a ribbon seal on p. 44, BAE Ann. Report. #18. Cf. 2-179, 187, 197, 213, 554, 564 and 36894 for other examples.
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