Walrus Tusk Cribbage Board

Made by Inuit Community Leader "Harry Teseuke"

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Ivory walrus tusk cribbage board made by Inuit community leader “Harry Teseuke” [spellings vary]. Solid tusk with hand carved cribbage board peg-holes on obverse (along convex face of curved tusk), decorated with black pigment. Game board is divided into six segments by borders of incised concentric circles. Segments from wide end of tusk to narrow contain: hand holding a plant above image of two birds “walking” on land towards a pine tree; a mitten, a piece of footwear, and a walrus; a profile of a seal with hair/fur of varying color and unknown object above; a profile of a seal with hair/fur of one color and unknown object above; profile of a fish with three fishing spears above; a profile of a fish. Along highest, narrow side of tusk towards wide end, is incised image of a figure pulling a dead walrus on a line (on left), and a figure in a boat with line connected to speared walrus. Affixed to obverse at narrow end of tusk are two separate carved seals, attached one directly in front of the other, via a peg on the bottom of each figure. Peg is seated in a corresponding hole in the tusk. Affixed at wide end of tusk obverse is separate carved walrus; one of the figure’s two tusks is missing. Decorative arch pattern is incised with black pigment in surface of tusk between affixed walrus figure and game board. Incised on reverse with black pigment is line with small dots; line extends from wide end of tusk to ¾ length of object. Finished surface is polished. No associated pegs or peg holder; board does not have any storage compartments.