Two Miniature Eskimo Carved Walrus Ivory Effigies or Amulets

Two Miniature Eskimo Carved Walrus Ivory Effigies or Amulets

1700 to 1900 Arctic

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Two Miniature Eskimo Carved Walrus Ivory Effigies or Amulets
One formed as a human figure the other as a fox with a forked tail
18th - 19th Century

Sizes: a: 3cm high – 1¼ ins high (man)
b: 5cm long – 2 ins long (fox)
Provenance: Ex London Private collection
Eskimos have made carvings of small animals and human figures for thousands of years and often they show only minor changes in form through time. These carvings probably depict a Shaman's helping spirits who float noiselessly through the nether world and who have sacred, protecting powers.
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