Heres a rare Sugpiaq/Chugach Alaskan Eskimo seal oil lamp charm which dates to the 18. These sort of little carvings were made by the Eskimo Chugach/Sugpiaq peoples to serve as household charmsthey were placed by the seal oil lamps because they were believed to keep the lamp, the winter source of heat and light, in order and happy source Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology see last photo for a similar (but older) small specimen from the PAHMA museum collection. These were made of something else not bone!(read about such intriguing objects on the net if you arent familiar with Eskimo charm artifacts).. The juxtaposed artifact illustrations (first photo) depict 2 such somewhat similar figures.. This specimen was carved in a fashion to represent an anthropomorphic Walrus/Man creature whose hands rest on the sides of its torso. A GREAT SPECIMEN OF OLD SUGPIAQ ALASKAN ESKIMO ARTIFACT!
An old hole was drilled through the side of the charms head to be worn around the neck perhaps used as a necklace pendant during the charms later years? Ex Russian collection for many years (previous history unknown).
It measures approx 1.5 inches long. A FANTASTIC AND RARE SPECIMEN!Thanks for looking & feel free to ask any questions. The item "Alaska Sugpiaq Eskimo Seal Oil Lamp Charm Walrus/Man Figure(circa 1700s)" is in sale since Thursday, April 06, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "skeletonsandbunnies" and is located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. This item can be shipped worldwide.