Harpoon Point Old Bering Sea Walrus Ivory 3” Length c.500 AD This piece is an important Old Bering Sea Harpoon Point that illustrates all the best features of a pivoting Eskimo harpoon point. It is exquisitely engraved to show overlapping anthropomorphic forms. In this example, a seabird with a fish in its beak is depicted. The carving has eyes that act as the "power points" which lend the object shamanistic powers that simultaneously aid the hunters and praise the prey. The invention of the pivoting harpoon point by ancient hunters from the Old Bering Sea period was their single most important technical advancement. It allowed the development of organized, predictable hunting for large sea mammals, such as seal, walrus and whales, and established a foundation for a stable and flourishing culture.