New York, Park Avenue
5 December 1996
A PUNUK WALRUS IVORY HARPOON COUNTERWEIGHT
ST. LAWRENCE ISLAND, EEWOK, CIRCA 600-1200 A.D.
Of symmetrical openwork flaring form, incised on both sides with parallel and converging incisions, on one side, eroded at the bottom
3¼in. (8.1cm.) high
On long term loan to the Detroit Institute of Arts from 1984 to 1995
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