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18th – Early 19th Century
Size: 6.5cm long, 2.5cm high - 2½ ins long - 1 ins high
Ex Private Russian collection
Polar bears are rarely encountered along the mainland south of Norton Sound in the Arctic and the seal hunters may travel on the ice without fear of attacks. In the Bering Strait area and further north the hunters never go onto the winter ice without their spears. Terrible tales are told of the fate of those who chanced to meet these animals while unarmed.