Thule Figure

North America | Alaska

Thule Figure

Alaska

Thule culture (Ancient Eskimo)
Mainland Thule
Circa 1200-1600 A.D.
Carved walrus tooth
Height: 3 ¾ in. (9.5 cm)

Excavated near Brevik circa 2010
Ex collection George Shaw, Colorado, USA

Currently on loan for an exhibition at Musée du Nouveau Monde, La Rochelle

Mainland Thule figure 9.5 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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