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Charm

Museum number:
2-5871
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21020005871
Alternate number:
x-961 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.167
Object count:
1
Count note:
1
Description:
Carving of a woman, head and torso only; walrus ivory.
Donor:
Alaska Commercial Company, Benjamin Bristol, and Older University Collections
Collection place:
Alaska
Culture or time period:
Alaskan Eskimo
Collector:
Alaska Commercial Company
Collection date:
1898
Taxon:
Odobenus rosmarus
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
5.2 Magic: Objects Associated with Practices reflecting confidence in the ability to manipulate supernatural agencies
Accession date:
1904
Context of use:
Human figures carved of ivory, bone or wood were placed by the seal oil lamp to serve as household charms. These charms were believed to keep the lamp, the winter source of heat and light, in order and happy.
Department:
Cat. 2 - North America (except Mexico and Central America)
Dimensions:
length 18.5 centimeters
Comment:
Published: Treasures of the Lowie Museum, p. 28.
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