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Carved to resemble a human face the eyes inlaid with glass beads the reverse carved with a toggle for attachment to a sealskin float
Circa 1850 – 60
Size: 3cm high, 2cm wide, 1.5cm deep – 1¼ ins high, ¾ ins wide, ¾ ins deep
The number and variety of Inuit objects which were made as amulets is remarkable. Personal charms were often carried somewhere on the body and most people owned several. A number of these would be incorporated into weapons or tools most usually as the handle.