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Consisting of three men, one dressed in a parka cap, and five arctic wolves
Late 19th Century
Sizes: 4cm high – 1½ ins high (max) – 3.5cm long – 1¼ ins long (min)
Eskimos have made carvings of small animals for thousands of years which show only minor changes in form through time. They are regarded as amuletic, called 'Iinrut', and kept for protection. Sometimes they were kept in special bags around the shaman's neck or tied hanging from his clothing. Although tiny they are always carefully carved and have a notable presence.