Harpoon Head – Old Bering Sea I/Okvik Style, St Lawrence Island, Alaska

This toggling harpoon head tapers quickly from its broad base to a sharply pointed, knife-like tip. As in nearly all such harpoon heads, abstract and undefined animal imagery can be read in its details and general structure, open to the interpretation of the viewer. The raised back edge is elaborated here with multiple points and is etched with the fine, spurred lines that are a trademark of classic Okvik design.

ca. 200 BC–AD 100
Walrus ivory
L: 4 1/2"

Kenneth Pushkin, Santa Fe

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