19th C. Eskimo Inuit "Atlatl" Spear Thrower with Face
Origin: Sub Arctic Bering Sea, Central Inuit or Aluet People
Description: This spear thrower "atlatl" dates to 19th century and has a carefully contoured hand grip. It appears to be carved from a piece of Cedar driftwood and would have been an essential tool used to propel a harpoon at Seals while seated in a Kayak. I had it mounted with the handle side up since the cut out on the right with small oval inset resembles a stylized face. The circular bone inset was likely used for attached a leather cord around the wrist. The top of the spear thrower with square cut out has a marine ivory bridge which appears to be tightly secured with wooden dowels. This notched area caught the butt of the harpoon. In good condition with mellow patina having some small dings and scratches as would be expected on an old piece.
Dimensions: Length 14.5" (37 cm), Width 2.75" (7 cm)