Item Number: Fry0139
Category: Hook - Boat Hook
Materials: Wood, walrus ivory and seal hide lashings.
Description: Small boat hook, of walrus ivory and wood, with seal image and decorative markings carved on the ivory hook. Boat hooks like this were utilized for aid in landing kayaks against icy shores and for fending the kayaks from rock and ice out croppings. This hook is likely from Nunivac Island, Alaska.
Jack Bryan, New York, N.Y.
Smith, J.G.E., Arctic Art; Eskimo Ivory, Museum of the American Indian, New York, 1980, p.37
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