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Early 19th Century
SIZE: 3.5cm high, 5cm wide, 15.5cm long – 1¼ ins high, 2 ins wide, 6¼ ins long
SEE: Finch and Co catalogue no. 16, item no. 29, for a drag handle in the form of a Bowhead Whale and catalogue no. 13, item no. 3, for two Inupiak Bowhead Whale sinkers
Whale shaped sinkers such as this were attached to the first lines drawn around the captured whale making it fast to the boat ‘umiak’ and magically insuring the propitiation of the whale’s spirit. To the Inuit hunting rituals insure that the seasons whaling will be productive and that the animals will return in future years.