Anthropomorphic figure


Thule culture
Ancient Eskimo

Marine Ivory
1500 – 1800 A.D.
Height: 4 ½ in. (11.5 cm)

Ex collection Jeffrey Myers, New York

Published: Voyages… From the North Pacific to the South Pacific in the wake of Captain Cook, 2019

Price: sold

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According to Fitzhugh et Kaplan (Inua: Spirit World of the Bering Sea Eskimo, 1982 : 156), these shamanic 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.