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harpoon shaft
  • unknown Kalaallit (Greenland Inuit) maker
  • harpoon shaft, late 1800s-early 1900s (or possibly 1895)
  • Where object was made: Greenland
  • wood, ivory, leather, metal
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 107.5 x 6.5 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 42 5/16 x 2 1/2 x 1 9/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5761.02

Shaft made from two pieces of wood, held together in the middle of the shaft with a wrapping of leather strips with a small ivory knob. One end of the shaft has an ivory knob with a hole at the end to receive the head. The ivory piece has two smaller holes with strips of leather through them. One is broken and was probably once connected to the head. The other strip is tucked under the leather wrapping at the end of the wooden portion of the shaft.

The other end of the shaft has a spike-like piece of metal inserted in the end. Leather strips wrap the end of the wooden shaft, to keep the metal in place.