Collection: Fry

Item Number: Fry0070

Category: Scratcher - Ice/Seal

Region: Arctic

Tribe: Eskimo

Period: 1850-1875

Materials: Wood, seal claws and sinew.

Description: Seal scratchers were utilized by Eskimo hunters in the spring of the year, when hunting seals on open sea ice. The scratcher was used to simulate the sound of a seal scratching at its breathing hole, so as to quiet the hunted seal, and allow the hunter to approach.

Dimensions: Length 10.0 inches


Lure of the Arctic, Cincinnati Art Museum, October 2007 - January 2008

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