Inuit Fossilised Whalebone Carving Of A Polar Bear


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"Inuit Fossilised Whalebone Carving Of A Polar Bear"
An Inuit fossilised whalebone carving of a polar bear, North Alaska.

The Inuit people regard the polar bear, 'Nanook', as the most prized animal they hunt. In Inuit religion, Nanook was the master of bears, deciding if hunters deserved success in finding and hunting bears and punished violations of taboos. The art of carving whalebone in Native culture is over 2,000 years old and was followed by ivory carvings.

31cm long
Price : $2,750
Period: 18th century
Style: Ethnographic Art
Condition : Good condition

Material : Whalebone
Length: 31cm

Reference : 359
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