A superb archer’s wrist guard in the form of a stylized harpoon head.

A superb archer’s wrist guard in the form of a stylized harpoon head.

Provenance: Ex coll. : James Economos, USA ; Private collection, France

The two flared prongs are lightly curved to capture the form of the lower arm and protect it from the harsh sting of the sinew bow string. The outside surface is beautifully decorated with incised geometric motifs. There are two oval attachment holes pierced through the outer edges. Bering Strait, Alaska. Punuk Culture 500 - 1000 AD. Mineralized walrus tusk. 14,4 cm.