Excavated Eskimo Ivory Game Bird

Excavated Eskimo Fossilized gaming bird with a hole at the back for carrying it on a cord. The bird is probably carved from a walrus tooth , and as is typical, in the form of a floating bird. The game that this is used for came into Alaska, Northern Canada and Greenland about 1000 years ago with the Thule culture, the ancient ancestors of the present day Inuit. This carving is somewhat larger than the average gaming bird. The game was still being played by Eskimos into the 20th Century.

L. 1 ½"; H. ⅞"

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