E0670: Inuit- Figurine, Seal

Ethnographic

Identifier:
E0670
Classification Category:
8:Communication Artifacts ➞ Art/Folk Art
Marks/Labels:
1924 in red ink
Materials:
animal ➔ ivory
Dimensions:
5.5 cm L
1.6 cm W
1.9 cm H
Ethnic Group:
Native American ➞ Inupiaq
Use/Function:
"The Inuit carried with them small charms or fetishes. Their exact purpose is still unknown to some degree. Many of the Inuit informants hold that they were used as good luck charms for hunting and protection against illness and injury. Others say they may also have been used as game pieces, objects used to illustrate legends, history, religious beliefs or used in shamanic rituals. Here we see a variety of marine animals carved from ivory that functioned in this manner, as charms or fetishes."- All the Small Things Exhibit.
Source Locality:
Brevig Mission, Alaska, USA
Acquisition Date:
1894 – 1917
Description:
Inuit seal figurine made of ivory. Donated by Rev. T.L. Brevig in 1898.