Blade points of harpoons for hunting whales No. 7401-13, -12, -11, -14. Collector: unknown. 19th Century, Alaska. Kodiak Eskimos.

Blade points of harpoons for hunting whales No. 7401-13, -12, -11, -14. Collector: unknown. 19th Century, Alaska
Collection MAE RAS:
Image ID: 4070569
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Title:
Blade points of harpoons for hunting whales No. 7401-13, -12, -11, -14. Collector: unknown. 19th Century, Alaska
Ethnicity:
Kodiak Eskimos
Commentation:
Material: slate. Dimensions: No. 7401—13: length 23 cm, width 2.4 cm; No.7401—12: length 15.5 cm, width 2.9 cm; No. 7401—11: length 17 cm, width 3.2 cm; No. 7401—14: length 15.5 cm, width 2.8 cm. The Aleuts often shoot whales with slate darts which go deep into the meat and make a wound; the salty sea water makes it worse and the whale gradually weakens and dies within three days; wave action washes it to the shore and the Aleuts begin a sumptuous feast” (Markov 1856: 99).