Punuk Scraper

North America | Alaska

Punuk Scraper

Alaska

Punuk culture (Archaic Eskimo)
5th – 9th century
Carved walrus tooth
Height: 4¼ in. (11.1 cm)

Published: White Memory, 2016

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Amulet / Tool

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Amulet / Tool

Alaska

Old Bering Sea culture (Archaic Eskimo)
100-500 A.D.
Marine Ivory
Length: 2 ½ in. (6 cm)

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North America | Alaska

Inuit Bear

Alaska

Bear figure – Container

Inuit culture
19th century
Carved bone
Length: 2 ¼ in. (5.9 cm)

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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Thule Birds

North America | Alaska

Thule Birds

Alaska

Thule culture (Ancient Eskimo)
Walrus tooth
12th-16th century
Length: between 1 in. & 2in. (2.5cm & 5cm)

Exhibited & published: “Bestiaire du Monde – Arts des Lointains”, Cluny Abbey, May-June 2018

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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Thule Whale

North America | Alaska

Thule Whale

Alaska

Shamanic amulet

Thule Culture (ancient Eskimo)
Prior to the 18th century

Carved walrus tooth
Height: 2 in. (5 cm)

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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.
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Punuk Head

North America | Alaska

Punuk Head

Alaska

Possibly a fastener for a shamanic drum

Punuk culture
600-900 A.D
Carved tooth
Length : 2 ½ in. (6 cm)
Height : ¾ in. (2.5 cm)

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Thule Seal

North America | Alaska

Thule Seal

Alaska

Seal head

Thule culture (Archaic Eskimo)
12th – 16th century
Marine Ivory
Length: 1 ½ in. (4 cm)

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Thule Figure

North America | Alaska

Thule Figure

Alaska

Thule Culture (Ancient Eskimo)
18th century or earlier
Carved walrus tooth
Height: 1 in. (2.7 cm)

Ex private collection, Geneva

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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Punuk / Thule Head

North America | Alaska

Punuk / Thule Head

Alaska

Thule or Punuk Culture
Archaic Eskimo

9th – 15th century
Carved walrus tooth
Height: 2 in. (5.4 cm)

Ex private collection, Geneva

Published: White Memory, 2016
Carved in a walrus tooth, this carved human head is intensely expressive.
The sacred, dignified air that emanates from the figure suggests the gigantic size and purity of line that are reminiscent of classical antiquities.
According to Fitzhugh and Kaplan (Inua: Spirit World of the Bering Sea Eskimo, 1982, p. 156), figures and heads carved in ivory were used to insure that certain important members of the village returned safe and sound from hunting or fishing expeditions. They also played a role as fertility charms, amulets for ancestor worship and for shamanic practices.

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Thule Whale

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Thule Whale

Alaska

Thule Culture (ancient Eskimo)
Prior to the 18th century
Carved walrus tooth
Height: 3 in. (7.4 cm)

Ex collection Jeffrey Myers, New York

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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