Bering Sea Eskimo Carved Walrus Ivory Hand Toggle Grip
Bering Sea Eskimo Carved Walrus Ivory Hand Toggle Grip
Bering Sea Eskimo Carved Walrus Ivory Hand Toggle Grip

Bering Sea Eskimo Carved Walrus Ivory Hand Toggle Grip

1700 to 1800 Bering Sea

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A Bering Sea Eskimo Carved Walrus Ivory Hand Toggle Grip and Line Fastener in the form of an abstract diving seal
18th Century

Size: 10cm long – 4 ins long
Provenance: Ex London Private collection
Harpoon lines were made by cutting a continuous spiral strip from the hide of a bearded seal whose skin was the proper thickness. The width of the cut determines the strength of the thong, which can be 30 metres long. The line is composed of separate segments; a harpoon loop, a main thong and a hand toggle grip, and each of these are attached to the other with carved ivory line fasteners. The carved grip was used with the line for ice hole or floe edge seal hunting.
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