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Bucket handle

tugumavik “bucket handle”
Language: St. Lawrence Island Yupik

The style of engraving on this walrus ivory bucket handle suggests that it was carved during the Old Bering Sea II period, about A.D. 400 – 800. The Old Bering Sea culture centered on St. Lawrence Island, the Siberian coast, and the Diomede Islands in Bering Strait, where this artifact was found. The designs include circles surrounding dots, an image that among later Bering Sea cultures represented the universe. In its overall shape the handle resembles a mask or snow goggles.

Culture: St. Lawrence Island Yupik
Region: Diomede Islands, Alaska or Siberia
Object Category: Homes
Dimensions: Length 18.2cm
Accession Date: 1936
Source: Mary M. Walcott (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: A377352