Thule seal

North America | Alaska

Thule seal

Alaska

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Thule culture (Ancient Eskimo)
12th – 16th century
Marine ivory, hide
Length: 1 ½ in. (4 cm)

Thule Seal Head 4 cm / Galerie Flak Price on request
Arctic carvers decorated their hunting gear with shamanic designs to enhance their spiritual potency and maximize their efficacy.
Throughout history, Eskimo cultures have shared the belief that all things in the physical world are imbued with a living spirit, or inua. In order to gain favor with the spirits controlling the animals, a hunter had to approach his prey in a respectful manner. It was believed that decorated objects, through their beauty, attracted the prey and at the same time honored its spirit.

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