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miniature harpoon
  • unknown Kalaallit (Greenland Inuit) maker
  • miniature harpoon, late 1800s–1895
  • Where object was made: Greenland
  • wood, bone, sealskin, metal, paint
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 44.5 x 1.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 17 1/2 x 9/16 x 1 in
  • Gift of Lewis Lindsay Dyche
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5859

Cylindrical wooden shaft, flattened at one end. The other end has a bone ring. The bone harpoon tip inserts into the end with the bone ring. It is secured with thin strips of brown sealskin throught the wood and bone. Metal tip, painted white, inserted in end of bone point.

Small ivory rectangle for a rest in wooden shaft. Light brown.