Eskimo Throwing Dart or Arrow Socket-Piece
Eskimo Throwing Dart or Arrow Socket-Piece

Eskimo Throwing Dart or Arrow Socket-Piece

1800 to 1900 Arctic

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An Eskimo Throwing Dart or Arrow Socket-Piece carved as an abstract animal head in walrus ivory
An old inventory mark 2-2-38 'T'
Early 19th Century

Size: 6cm long, 2cm wide – 2½ ins long, ¾ ins wide
Provenance: Ex London Private collection
The use of animal imagery as decorative and symbolic charms on hunting weapons is a tradition that goes back at least 1500 years in Bering Sea culture. The care taken in the production of these weapons is also an indication of their association with hunting magic, as the Eskimo believed their prey was displeased when attacked by crude, ill made and ugly weapons.

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