Two Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Whale Bone Fishing Lures or Decoys
Two Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Whale Bone Fishing Lures or Decoys
Two Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Whale Bone Fishing Lures or Decoys
Two Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Whale Bone Fishing Lures or Decoys
Two Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Whale Bone Fishing Lures or Decoys

Two Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Whale Bone Fishing Lures or Decoys

1700 to 1800 Bering Sea

Offered by Finch & Co

Sold
Request Information Call Dealer
Favourite Item
Two Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Whale Bone Fishing Lures or Decoys Carved as Effigies of King Salmon with Inlaid Eyes and Incised Markings
Old smooth dark polished patina
18th Century

Sizes: 18cm long - 7 ins long and 16.5cm long - 6½ ins long
Provenance:
Excavated at Cape Rodney Inupiak Area Alaska
Ex American New York collection
Sometimes these effigies were used as decoys for pike fishing in the Yukon area. Attached to a rod they were moved back and forth on the water’s surface attracting pike and other big fish to come up which were then speared or harpooned. Several species of salmon ascend the rivers of the Bering Sea coast from June to October. Owing to their great numbers the salmon constituted a large and relatively stable food and oil resource, with their skin also used for clothing and bags. Although of huge economic importance salmon do not figure strongly in ceremonial life and so are rarely portrayed except as weights or fishing lures.
Medium
Whalebone
Finch & Co

Finch & Co
Suite No 744
2 Old Brompton Road
London
SW7 3DQ
England

+44 (0)20-7413 9937
+44 (0)7836 684133
Favourite Dealer
Request Dealer Alerts
Opening Hours
Contacts
Member Since 2006
Members of
View Full Details

Browse More Items From Finch & Co

View Dealer's Gallery