Three whalebone harpoon heads from the Indians of Tierra Del Fuego

Three whalebone harpoon heads from the Indians of Tierra Del Fuego

1800 to 1900 South America - Tierra Del Fuego

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Three whalebone harpoon heads from the Indians of Tierra Del Fuego
19th CENTURY

Size: 36cm, 30cm & 18.5cm long
Provenance: The largest inscribed 'BT.OF. WEBSTER, NOV 1895. Terra Del Fuego. P.1211 Harpoon'
Tierra Del Fuego was visited by Cook's ships on his first and second
voyages. In 1769 Alexander Buchan painted his gouache of 'The
Inhabitants of the Island of Terra Del Fuego in their hut'.
On 21st December 1775 Cook again anchored in Christmas Harbour off
Tierra Del Fuego and Hodges drew his famous depiction of 'Man in
Christmas Sound', now lost.
These whalebone harpoons were used to catch seals, penguins and fish.







Dimensions
Depth 36.00 cm (14.17 inches)
Medium
whalebone
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