University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object TitleKayak
Object Number: 2012-25-32
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Inuit
Provenience: Canada
Culture Area: Arctic (Culture Area)
Maker: Eli Merkuratsuk
Date Made: circa 1980
Early Date: 1979
Late Date: 1981
Section:American
Materials:Soapstone
Ivory
Sinew
Iconography:Kayak
Height: 9cm
Length: 30.4cm
Width: 13.1cm
Credit Line:Bequest of John P. Doelman III, 2012

Description

Soapstone and ivory carving called "Kayak" by Eli Merkuratsuk (signed). Soapstone kayak (a) with animal on rear flanked by 2 ivory pieces attached with thread/sinew. Central depression for soapstone Rower/Hunter (b) who sits/pivots on ivory pin. Rower/Hunter hold ivory spear. Two ivory oar posts in front of depression holds ivory oar (c).


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