253. An Eskimo Walrus Ivory Amulet

Bering Sea, 1336–AD 1458 
Size: 3.8 cm high

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This tiny head has an unexpected feature: when viewed against the light its eyes glow yellow. This has been achieved by gouging a groove down the back of the skull to allow light through, with the eye sockets rimmed in black to further enhance the effect.

Provenance: Collected in Nome, Alaska; American collection

A radiocarbon dating measurement report from RCD Lockinge is available.