Inuit figure

North America | Alaska

Inuit figure

Alaska

Inuit culture
19th century

Marine Ivory
Height: (5 cm)

Inuit figure 5 cm / Galerie Flak Price on request
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.

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