|Dimensions||3.5 × .75 in|
Eskimo-‘Yupik and Inupiat’ harpoon toggle in very intact condition.
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This is a string of old glass trade beads. The string is approximately 52 inches in length containing roughly 800 beads. They are all glass of various colors and sizes. Looking at them with a loop I can see they are very irregular in shape with one side smaller on a lot of them. Small bubbles and imperfections can be seen in the clear and translucent ones.
This is a very old and rare item that is in excellent condition. It was ingeniously made of from one piece of hand carved wood that was notched and then bent into position. The wood was then tied with what I believe is sinew. Then it was covered with animal hide, possibly buffalo, that was stretched and tied around the entire stirrup. This piece shows the high skill level and beautiful craftsmanship of it’s maker. It was purchased at a relic show in central Ohio in the late 60’s.
These items were part of a collection purchased in the mid 60’s. There is one small painted pottery disk that has been ground smooth on the edges. There are two other interesting items fashioned from bone, shell or possibly ivory. The long piece has been drilled at one end. I am not sure of their use but if anyone knows please send me an email.