Ivory and stone Toggling Walrus Ivory Harpoon Head, Inuit People Alaska

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Ivory and stone Toggling Walrus Ivory Harpoon Head, Inuit People Alaska
Ivory and stone Toggling Walrus Ivory Harpoon Head, Inuit People Alaska
Ivory and stone Toggling Walrus Ivory Harpoon Head, Inuit People Alaska
Ivory and stone Toggling Walrus Ivory Harpoon Head, Inuit People Alaska
Ivory and stone Toggling Walrus Ivory Harpoon Head, Inuit People Alaska
Ivory and stone Toggling Walrus Ivory Harpoon Head, Inuit People Alaska
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The toggling harpoon head is an Inuit invention that dates back over a thousand years. While all other harpoon heads have barbs to hold fast in an animal’s flesh, the toggling harpoon head is unique in its retention system. Upon entering the body of a seal, walrus, or whale, the harpoon head remains as the harpoon shaft detaches and is pulled back to the hunter.

Meanwhile, the line attached to a hole in the centre of the harpoon head is pulled taut, and the chair swivels in the flesh and forms a T-shaped anchor that cannot be withdrawn. The line is either connected to inflated sealskin floats when kayaks are used in the hunt or by hunters with the struggling sea mammal.

Dimensions 39cm x 3cm x 3,5cm