Thule Seal

North America | Alaska

Thule Seal

Alaska

Shamanic amulet/ toggle in the form of a seal head

Thule culture (Ancient Eskimo)
Prior to the 17th century
Marine ivory
Length: 1 in. (2.7 cm)

Ex collection Brian Murphy Antiques & Art, Santa Fe
Ex collection Larry Frank (1926-2006), New Mexico

Thule Seal head 2.7 cm / Galerie Flak Price on request
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.

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