Jan Howlin

Jan Howlin

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Collected from Alaska before 1898, this carved head and torso of a woman was made of walrus tusk ivory. These human figures carved of ivory, bone, or wood were placed by the seal oil lamp to serve as household charms. They were believed to keep the lamp, the winter source of heat and light, in order and happy.

Collected from Alaska before 1898, this carved head and torso of a woman was made of walrus tusk ivory. These human figures carved of ivory, bone, or wood were placed by the seal oil lamp to serve as household charms. They were believed to keep the lamp, the winter source of heat and light, in order and happy.

Rare early nineteenth century walking doll with eight legs that rotate like a wheel.

Something about this doll resonates inside my heart of Edward-Gorey-and-Tim-Burton hearts. Rare early nineteenth century walking doll with eight legs that rotate like a wheel.