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Harpoon counterbalance (A042927-1)

Image | Old Bering Sea Harpoon

Illustration of an Old Bering Sea harpoon. The weight of the ivory harpoon head, foreshaft, and socketpiece was counterbalanced by an ivory “winged object” fixed to the butt end of the harpoon.

From Crossroads of Contineents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska by Willaim W. Fitzhugh and Aron Crowell, 1988, fig. 137.

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