Inuit / Eskimo Whale Bone carving of a hunter

Inuit / Eskimo Whale Bone carving of a hunter

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For centuries, Inuit (Eskimos) have been carving bone with artistic designs. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they began creating sculpture as a source of income. The early works were, usually, small carvings from walrus ivory, representing local animals and Inuit themselves, going about everyday life. Animals important to Inuit’s survival were often represented. Appropriately, these small items are usually referred to as “trade sculptures.” Whale bone, caribou bone, and antler are frequently used for carving by Inuit. Whale bone is most frequently used for mid-size and larger carvings. Bone consists primarily of inorganic materials that provide strength and rigidity.

This is a great example of such a carving, depicting the hunter with the Seal

Fabulous carving, always considering how difficult this material is. It's definitely an older piece as you can see from the darkening/discolorations. Beautiful! Estimated Age 1960-70's.

Measurements: 9" x 7 1/4" x 6 1/4" (approx. 23 x 18.5 x 16 cm

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