Throwing board. Kodiak Eskimos. USA , Alaska state, Kodiak. North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island. Prior to 1804.

Throwing board
Collection MAE RAS: № 536-20
Image ID: 4070367
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Museum inventory number:
№ 536-20
Title:
Throwing board
Ethnicity:
Kodiak Eskimos
Place:
USA , Alaska state, Kodiak
Geography:
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island
Date:
prior to 1804
Collector:
Lisyanskiy Yuri Fedorovich, the first Russian round-the-world sea captain, researcher of Russian America
Expedition:
Russian circumnavigations and half round-the-world sea expeditions
Materials:
wood, ivory
Dimensions:
length 46.5 cm, width 6.2 cm, thickness 2.3 cm
Commentation:
The collector described this throwing board as follows: “They throw spears with either the right or the left hand with narrow boards which they hold with the forefinger on one side and the three smaller fingers on the other, for which purpose they have drilled holes. They hold the spears on the feathered end in a small slot carved out along the center of the board and throw them directly from the shoulder” (Lisianskii 1947: 186)
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