SCR15 - Eskimo Flanged Nozzle for Seal Skin Float Inflation.
This “nozzle” is carved from bone (probably whale) and features a
roughly triangular backing plate behind the raised lip of the nozzle. There is
a hole drilled in the lower part, probably to fix the plate of the nozzle within
the bladder. These were used to provide a point for inflation of a seal skin or
bladder which then served as a float to tire and track a harpooned seal, walrus,
or whale. After the float was inflated a plug of wood was inserted in the
opening to prevent deflation. This likely dates from the19th or early 20th
century. It was found on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. Fine.
Price - $50.00