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Arctic New World, Alaska, Alaskan Native / Inuit people, ca. 19th century CE or possibly earlier for the stone tools. A collection of twelve stone, bone, and tooth tools. The stone tools are: two hand axes, a knapped chert projectile point, a knapped chert knife, and a round river cobble with a grooved and cross-hatched surface, probably used for shaping other tools. The bone tools are: two awls, probably made from caribou bone; a mammal bone (possibly hare) harpoon head with a narrow slot on one pointed end that would have had a sharp stone fitted into it; a fragment of thin, curved bone, also mammalian, that may be a quill flattener, used to flatten porcupine quills for use as decoration; and finally a nice, little-used example of an Arctic fox jaw that may have been used for threshing grasses. Also two tooth fragments, probably from walrus, that are rounded and smoothed. All displayed together in a shadow box. Size of largest (awl): 7" L (17.8 cm); size of box: 16.2" W x 12.1" H (41.1 cm x 30.7 cm)

Provenance: private collection, Ventura County, California, USA

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One hand axe is fragmentary; the other has some losses on its surface. The harpoon head is fragmentary on one end. The curved bone is also fragmentary on one end. Collections stickers are found on some; all have nice aged patinas.

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Twelve 19th C. Inuit Stone & Bone Artifacts

Estimate $500 - $700Mar 1, 2018