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"Fantasy" Piece
"Fantasy" Piece
Date:
1870–1890
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Wood, Ivory, Feathers, Sinew, Intestine - Seal, Skin - Seal, Pigment - Red - Natural Ochre, Black
Dimensions:
5 1/4 x 15 x 2 3/4 in.
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
North America
Culture/People:
Eskimo
Accession Number:
2007.21.74
Acquisition Date:
2007-06-21
Credit Line:

Bequest of Thomas G. Fowler

A fantasy scene depicting a fox (?) with two seal hunters, their kayak and sled with catch, mounted to its back. The hunters and their catch and fox are rendered in wood. The wood is finished with a red ochre pigment derived from the clay cliffs on Nunivak Island. The two hunters are dressed in seal gut with eider feather hoods. The kayak and sled are rendered in ivory. The kayak is Alaskan Yuit in style and is lashed to a sledge for transport over ice. This type of sled is a simple flat sled or “komatik”. The other sled depicted in this scene is a much larger “railed” sled. Its cargo appears to be a skinned seal. The lashings on the sled are gut. The eyes of the seal and fox are inlaid glass beads. The rear crossbar on the large sled is carved in the form of a seal with details engraved in black and red.