Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Kalaallit (Greenland Inuit) maker
  • harpoon, late 1800s–1895
  • Where object was made: Greenland
  • wood, bone, rawhide, baleen, pigment, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 125.5 x 6 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 49 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6204

The harpoon has a light colored wooden shaft and bone points at either end. Each bone point has an octagonal proximal segment and an oval segment with a groove around the middle, then a spiral section. One end has a large hook-like point. The other end has another octagonal segment and a small bone point inserted into the end, with a strip of rawhide through the distal point and the proximal octagonal segment. The bone points have trianglular tabs that set into a notch at either end of the shaft. They are secured with rawhide and baleen.