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ENGRAVED TUSK
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 60.1/ 8330
Culture: ESKIMO
Locale: AK
Country: USA
Material: IVORY (WALRUS), PIGMENT
Dimensions: L:64 W:6 H:3.5 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1940 [GIFT]
Donor: TOWNSEND, CHARLES H., DR.
Keywords: ENGRAVED TUSK
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Exhibition History:
WHALES: GIANTS OF THE DEEP AMNH, NEW YORK, NEW YORK. March 2013 - January 2014
Exhibition Label: For many centuries, the Inuit of western Alaska etched pictures of whales and other animals into bone and ivory tools. After foreigners came to the region, Inuit artists began engraving walrus tusks for sale as souvenirs. This tusk is decorated with images of boats, buildings, animals and people in action, including Inuit hunters harpooning whales.
Additional Resources:
RECIPROCAL RESEARCH NETWORK (Online tool to facilitate reciprocal and collaborative research about cultural heritage from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia)


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