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asadlut (rest for harpoon line)
  • unknown Kalaallit (Greenland Inuit) maker
  • asadlut (rest for harpoon line), late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Greenland
  • wood, bone, plant fiber, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 27 x 34 x 49 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 5/8 x 13 3/8 x 19 1/4 in
  • Gift of Lewis Lindsay Dyche
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6054

The piece of wood is resting on a bone ring. The wood is carved to a large angle, one leg thicker than the other. The leg that points downward has bone along its outside surface and a small bone tab near the end. The end of the other leg is attached to the bone ring with a bone peg through its end. The bone ring is made from two slats. The bone peg is threaded onto the bone ring. There is one long piece of bone, slightly curved that is also threaded on the bone ring. It has three holes through the other end.

There is a separate bone piece, roughly rectangular with three holes and a large semicircular cutout. The plant fiber cord is strung through the holes. This may have attached at the three holes on the vertical bone piece and was intended as a rest for the harpoon.