Slate is a historically important stone for the Arctic Eskimo peoples -- used for Ulu blades and spear heads.. StoneTupilaks are very rare, and very few exist.
This specimen dates from the 19th century, it could be much older! This creature holds a skull in one hand.
The prominent backbones have holes, which suggests something would've passed through them -- once upon a time..... Possibly strands of human hair or plant/ grass fiber.... The arm with the skull has been restored.... Via old glue; this repair work was done a long time back. The underside of the skull has an unusual cavity...The exact purpose of this aperture, remains unknown. Provenance: This artifact was owned by University of British Columbia academic/professor -- Dr. Sawyer (1919 - 2002) ; prior to that, a German collection 1960s/70s - no other information is available.
Last photos -- an equally rare wooden specimen from the National Museum of Denmark, I believe. ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNFDS; ALL SALES ARE FINAL!!!!! This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "skeletonsandbunnies" and is located in this country: CA. This item can be shipped worldwide.