19th C Eskimo Fishing Lure
This is a very good and complete example of an Eskimo fishing lure. The carver of the piece put a lot of thought and skill in the making of this lure. The body is carved from fossilized ivory which the carver took advantage of to make most of the body dark with a lighter color on the underside of the lure. The hook is an iron square nail which goes through the head to curve on the underside to make the sharpened hook. It is set flush with the top of the head. The eyes are circular metal and may at once had baleen inserts. The lure is joined with a long flattened baleen loop which has been tied down with sinew thread.