|Very Rare Alaskan Inuit 'Barbed' Harpoon Tip 016180|
Very Rare Alaskan Inuit 'Barbed' Harpoon Tip
Bone, 4.54 grams, 108 mm. Post-Small Tool Tradition, Norton People; Circa 1st century AD. A delicately carved bone harpoon tip, with two major barbs to one side and an eyelet for attachment of a sinew line. The Inuit tradition for spears and harpoons was to have detachable tips fixed to a wood or bone shaft. In use, after the tip had penetrated the prey, the shaft fell away and the prey was 'played' using the barbed tip and a sinew cord. Reference: Emily Elizabeth Auger The Way of Inuit Art. Extremely fine, very rare and perfectly preserved. Provenance: from pre-1960 excavations at Cape Nome, Alaska, with the reference number G-261 on a white panel.