Two Bering Sea Yupik Eskimo Walrus Ivory Amulets and a Carved Walrus Ivory Amuletic Spear Holder
Two Bering Sea Yupik Eskimo Walrus Ivory Amulets and a Carved Walrus Ivory Amuletic Spear Holder
Two Bering Sea Yupik Eskimo Walrus Ivory Amulets and a Carved Walrus Ivory Amuletic Spear Holder
Two Bering Sea Yupik Eskimo Walrus Ivory Amulets and a Carved Walrus Ivory Amuletic Spear Holder
Two Bering Sea Yupik Eskimo Walrus Ivory Amulets and a Carved Walrus Ivory Amuletic Spear Holder
Two Bering Sea Yupik Eskimo Walrus Ivory Amulets and a Carved Walrus Ivory Amuletic Spear Holder
Two Bering Sea Yupik Eskimo Walrus Ivory Amulets and a Carved Walrus Ivory Amuletic Spear Holder
Two Bering Sea Yupik Eskimo Walrus Ivory Amulets and a Carved Walrus Ivory Amuletic Spear Holder
Two Bering Sea Yupik Eskimo Walrus Ivory Amulets and a Carved Walrus Ivory Amuletic Spear Holder
Two Bering Sea Yupik Eskimo Walrus Ivory Amulets and a Carved Walrus Ivory Amuletic Spear Holder
Two Bering Sea Yupik Eskimo Walrus Ivory Amulets and a Carved Walrus Ivory Amuletic Spear Holder

Two Bering Sea Yupik Eskimo Walrus Ivory Amulets and a Carved Walrus Ivory Amuletic Spear Holder

1800 to 1900 Bering Sea

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Two Bering Sea Yupik Eskimo Walrus Ivory Amulets ‘Iinrut’ in the Form of Polar Bears and a Carved Walrus Ivory Amuletic Spear Holder ‘Akagyailkutet’ in the Form of a Tusked Walrus
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
‘Iinrut’ are shamanic devices made as amuletic ‘protecting spirits’ carved by the shaman for a particular person, often a child. They performed a similar function to that of a Christian crucifix worn around the neck.
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.
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Walrus Ivory
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