Superb Eskimo Drag Handle
A superb drag handle or toggle carved as swimming seal. The naturalistic head has blue glass trade beads with seal or walrus moustache pupils. The face is sensitively carved offering a marvelous example of early Eskimo carving show the sense of observation and quality of hand of the artist. The joint, rear flippers are pierced through vertically. The remains of the walrus or seal skin rope is still attached with its original knot. Alaska. Walrus tusk (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) with a superb patina of age and usage, glass trade beads, skin and whiskers. 9,7 cm. 18th/19th century. Ex private French Collection.