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unknown Thule
Thule Primary

Small Carved Whale

19th century
Walrus Ivory, Pigment

0.438 x 0.313 x 1.813 in. (1.111 x 0.794 x 4.604 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2019.33.14
Other Number(s): Inuit_Ivory.14 (Temporary Number)
Geography: North and Central America, Canada or United States
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Sculptures
Culture/Nationality: Thule, Arctic

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  • Arctic - In the context of art and culture, the culture of the indigenous peoples of the northern polar region of the earth, including the Arctic Ocean and the northernmost parts of Asia, Europe, and North America. The term may also refer to the animals, plants, climate, geology, geography, and oceanography of the area.
  • carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
  • North American - Refers to the cultures of the continent of North America, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Arctic Circle, and Central America. In classifications schemes based on physical geography, Central America, and North America are parts of the same continent.
  • pigment - Any relatively insoluble organic, inorganic, natural or artificial substance that imparts a color to another substance or mixture and always appears as the same specific color when viewed in white light. It is the constituent of paint or ink that provides the color. Distinguished from a dye, which is soluble in the vehicle, a pigment is insoluble in the vehicle, but instead is held in a suspension.
  • toggles - Rodlike buttons of wood or other material, attached to cord, leather, or chain loops and designed to be passed through another loop as a fastener on a garment.
  • walrus ivory - Material comprising the dentin of walrus tusks.
  • Western Thule
  • whales - General term referring to any of the larger species of marine mammals of the order Cetacea that have fore-limbs like fins and a tail with horizontal flukes, and are hunted for their oil and whalebone.

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  • Object Dimensions: 0.438 x 0.313 x 1.813 in. (1.111 x 0.794 x 4.604 cm)

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "Eskimo Art." (Accessed August 17, 2020): Eskimo Art,

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "Eskimo Art." (Accessed August 17, 2020): Eskimo Art,

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