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A Bering Strait Yupik Eskimo Carved Walrus Ivory Miniature Belt Fastener Depicting a     Polar Bear the Eyes and Ears Inlaid with Baleen
Early 19th Century
    
Size: 1.2cm high, 0.5cm wide, 2.5cm deep - ½ ins high, ¼ ins wide, 1 ins deep

Tiny belt fasteners and ornaments carved from ivory, bone and animal teeth were made in a variety of shapes including seals, whales, bears, otters, birds, caribou and fish. These pieces were hung low on the belt's edge and served as amulets to bring the hunter the depicted animal's skill and to appease its spirit. The collective name for these accumulated attachments was ‘Akkowlongaujit’ meaning ‘to dangle’ and such belts were regarded as very special and often hung on the grave of the deceased.
 

Dimensions

1.2cm high, 0.5cm wide, 2.5cm deep

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Stock number

13c/35
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