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Culture:Alaska Native; Munivak
Title:Hunting charm
Materials:Walrus ivory
Place Made:North America; United States; Alaska
Measurements:Overall: 13/16 in x 1 in x 5 1/4 in; 2.1 cm x 2.5 cm x 13.3 cm
Accession Number:  MH 5.G
Credit Line:Gift of Mary Gage Peterson (Class of 1865)
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

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Oblong, seal-shaped ivory carving, with incised lines for face, flippers, etc.

Native American; indigenous people; animals; walrus; seals; tusks

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