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man in a kayak
  • Native Alaskan peoples
  • man in a kayak, late 1800s–1947
  • Where object was made: Little Diomede Island, District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States
  • ivory, india ink, carving, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 3.5 x 2.3 x 10.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 1 3/8 x 7/8 x 4 1/8 in
  • Gift of Donald E. Sheriff
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0592.a,b
Label Text

This is a miniature figure of a man in a kayak with a paddle and harpoon. The kayak (2007.0592.a) has incised lines across the top, rubbed with black ink. The man (2007.0592.b) sits inside the boat, and has a metal peg for insertion. He holds a single bladed paddle in his proper left hand and a spear or harpoon in his raised proper right hand. He has black hair and black eyes.