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Lot 0589
**Originally Listed At $300**

Native American, Alaska, Inuit, Aleutian, or Punuk peoples, Pre-Contact period, ca. 100 to 1000 CE. A set of two utilitarian tools carved from either whale or walrus bone. The smaller item has a pair of drilled attachment holes, a rounded body, and a narrow vertical ridge, perhaps used as a primitive hammer. The larger item is shaped distinctively like an axe head, with a tapered blade end and a thick butt with upper and lower attachment grooves. Each tool has developed fine, smooth patina across all surfaces. Size of largest (axe head): 4.7" L x 2.1" W (11.9 cm x 5.3 cm).

Provenance: private southwestern Pennsylvania, USA collection

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#144729

Condition

Axe head has small chips to blade edge and body. Both tools have minor abrasions, age-commensurate ossification as expected, and some darkening to natural coloration. Light earthen deposits and smooth patina throughout.

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Lot of 2 Pre-Contact Inuit Bone Utilitarian Tools

Estimate $600 - $900Oct 17
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