Inuit Art

November 20, 2018

LOT 144

Lot 144

Lot 144 Details


1 x 1 x 0.6 in — 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm

Estimate $600-$900

Realised: $840
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Ivory amulets were often found on hunting visors and hats, the Inuit believing that such charms protected them from forces outside their control and aided them in the hunt. Although amulets functioned in a wide variety of context, they were often used to attract the animal to the hunter; to appease the animal so that it would allow itself to be killed, and to return the animal's "shade" or spirit back to the land or sea.

Amulets generally represent the desired game and were often rendered in bone, antler, wood or most commonly, ivory.

Paul & Mary Thirty, Eskimo Artifacts: Designed for Use, 1977, page 140


Condition report available upon request

LOT 144

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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