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Early 19th Century
Sizes: A 2.5cm high, 5.5cm long - 1 ins high, 2 ins long
B 2.5cm high, 5.5cm long - 1 ins high, 2 ins long
C 2.5cm high, 2.5cm deep - 1 ins high, 1 ins deep
Amuletic devices were attached to the gunwales of a kayak by means of the leather ropes that run across the top of the vessel. The walrus stood tied with its tusks in an upright position preventing the hunter’s lance or spear from falling overboard as he approached his quarry. Once attached the amulets were never removed from the kayak.