North America

Human figure


Inuit Culture
(Ancient Eskimo)
19th century

Carved walrus tooth
Height: 5 ½ in. (14 cm)

Ex private collection, USA

Price: on request

America - Alaska
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According to Fitzhugh et Kaplan (Inua: Spirit World of the Bering Sea Eskimo, 1982 : 156), these carved figurines were carved for several purposes: to stand in for people absent from the village during festivals, to avert infertility, or else to focus the attention of animal inua (spirit) during the Doll Festival, which was held to bless hunting and fishing expeditions in the coming year.