North America | Alaska
Eskimo amulet or doll
Height: 6 ½ in. (17 cm)
Ex collection Andrey Tischenko, Helsinki
Eskimo wooden figure 17 cm / Galerie Flak
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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