9/15/09

Whale Hunter


Inuit whale bone carving of a fisherman, the harpoon is missing, as is the whale, presumably the figure would have been kneeling either on ice or a boat. The patina is beautiful on this, I was told it was turn of the century, and either Alaskan or Canadian I don't know too much about these pieces, but it may be my favorite Rose Bowl find to date.

The vendor also had some very creepy WW2 era shrunken head replicas made from goat skin and other great/weird things, confirming my theory that if the seller looks anything like Ronnie Van Zant, or even a Skynyrd fan they usually have good stuff.

4 comments:

Andy said...

wow

David Neale said...

made me think of Gontran de Poncins- worth a read...

Maika said...

Just a fun project...
http://thewhalehunt.org/

Alan said...

This gallery in Duluth and Grand Marais, Minnesota sells lots of Inuit soap stone carvings.
http://www.sivertson.com/index.cfm
I have a bear from the gallery and would like to add more pieces but the dreaded cash flow problem frequently rears it's ugly head.