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ipuun “ladle”
Language: Central Yup'ik

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The design painted on this serving ladle shows a large seal that has been harpooned. The harpoon line comes out of its back and connects to a float made from an inflated small seal skin. The harpoon shaft (a crossways line) is also shown. When seals were killed, women used a ladle like this to offer them fresh water.

Culture: Yup’ik
Region: Kuskokwim River (lower), Alaska
Village: Kinugumut Village
Object Category: Housewares
Dimensions: Length 27cm
Accession Date: 1879
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E038503