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Image: Harpoon head

Harpoon head
Greenland hunting / fishing

5 x 2 1/8 x 2 1/4 in. (13 x 5 x 6 cm)

Inuit (aka Eskimo, Inuk)

Object Type: hunting / fishing
Creation Places: North America, Greenland, Northwest Greenland
Medium and Support: ivory on steel
Credit Line: Gift of Donald and Miriam MacMillan
Accession Number: 1967.183.b
This ivory harpoon head has a steel point. When the animal is struck, the harpoon head and line detach from the harpoon shaft. By holding the other end of the line, the hunter can retreive the animal from the water.

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