This wonderful carving is known as Inuit (Eskimo art) and is signed Weivik Kotz Alaska. I presume the artist is an Eskimo as most of these items were tourist items, made in the early to mid 20th Century, when tourist first began to visit Alaska in significant numbers.
The carving is made of soapstone and shows an Eskimo in his kayak holding a harpoon and ready to strike. It is mostly a deep gray to black color, with the trim of the parka done in gray. The harpoon is wood attached with a wire. It is nicely done. The piece weighs approximately 11 ounces.
The carving has a length of 10 1/2" and a width of 1 1/2". It stands 2 /4" tall. There is a tiny piece missing from the end of the wood harpoon, (pole end, which is likely bamboo, could be sanded down to a point if desired) otherwise it is in fine vintage condition.
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