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Bequest of Thomas G. Fowler
Arrows of the Spirit: Northa American Indian Adornment, Prehistory to the Present, 1999- 2000. Mingei International, 2000, La Jolla, CA.
A late nineteenth century carved wood Eskimo quid / tobacco box rendered in the form of a swimming whale with inlaid ivory eyes which act as the hinge pin for the lid. The lift top lid is in the form of a figurative seal. NOTE: A similar box is depicted in “Crossroads Alaska, Native Cultures of Alaska and Siberia” by Valerie Chaussonnet, page 53, figure 41 and is probably the same example on display in the Anchorage Museum, collection number 83.153.36c. It is identified as a Snuff Box.