Eskimo Nephrite Adze

An exceptional carver’s adze composed of a handle of caribou antler, a blade-socket of antler, a large  nephrite adze blade, the whole strapped together with leather and sinew binding. There are three wood inserts for extra strengthening. Alaska. 33,5 x 20 cm. 19th century or earlier. Possibly from the collection of French explorer August Berard (1796-1852).