Old Bering Sea III, Native American
Technologically sophisticated, the harpoon was an essential tool for hunting on the Bering Sea. Carvers used walrus ivory to make components of the long, spear-like instrument, including its counterweights, or stabilizers, sometimes referred to as "winged objects" due to their shape. The elegant sculptural form of this example is complemented by the engraved curvilinear designs. The top and outer edges may be inscribed with animal features.
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