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Carving of nine walruses on an ice floe

Arts of the Americas

DATES first quarter 20th century
DIMENSIONS 6 x 1 5/8 x 3/4 in. (15.2 x 4.1 x 1.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE A. Augustus Healy Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This rattle or paddle has eight carved walrus along it attached with ivory pegs to the wand so one is missing. This style of ivory tusk carving was done in response to the trade market where carvers quickly invented the form of carving tusks. The concept of small animals attached along the length was purely to appeal to this market, although the Inupiaq had a long artistic tradition of small, singular figures and carved fish lures for their own use.
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CAPTION Iñupiaq. Carving of nine walruses on an ice floe, first quarter 20th century. Ivory, 6 x 1 5/8 x 3/4 in. (15.2 x 4.1 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund, 44.34.9. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 44.34.9_acetate_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 44.34.9_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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