SCR11 - Eskimo Arrow Points. Antler and Walrus Ivory Examples.

Eskimos in Western Alaska and the Bering Sea islands were adept makers of arrows and the bows to power them The bows were of driftwood, walrus ivory segments, and were lashed to together with sinew and strips of seal hide. The bows were often strengthened with bands of sinew that were twisted to increase the tension in the bow. Game included small mammals like Arctic foxes and hares, as well as ground squirrels and birds such as ptarmigan, waterfowl and gulls. Larger arrows and bows were used to hunt caribou and bear. The points here were likely made for hunting small game, and consist of a number of point styles from simple conical points to sorts having simple or multiple barbs. Some are of pile style with the point fitted to an arrow shaft of the same diameter as the head, while others were wedged into split shafts and then lashed with sinew. These points are quite old, showing discoloration from long interment in permafrost, and can be regarded dating before the first contact with the west. Sold by choice. They range in length from 2.6 to 6.5(inventory 590)

Price - $80.00 each (choice)

 

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