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Old smooth creamy patina
Mid 19th Century
Size: 37cm long – 14½ ins long
Walrus meat and hides were essential to the subsistence lives of the Eskimo who worked the ivory tusks for harpoon blades, snow knives, sled runners and amulets. This harpoon blade was probably collected by a sailor from the Inuit whilst hunting for the Greenland whale in the seas of the Arctic Ocean, and engraved on the long voyage home.