Original Inuit Viking Sculpture
61.0 x 33.0 x 34.0 cm
Private Collection – California, United States
Very little is written of the early contact period between the Viking and the Inuit. In the Viking sagas there are references to contact with native people whom the Viking call skralings, most likely referring to the Thule, the ancestors of modern Inuit. This sculpture depicts a point of pre-contact where a Viking man holds up a toggle harpoon and lashing. The Viking has a bewildered and quizzical look because he knows that they are not alone.