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This small carved wood whale was collected in Siberia in 1901 by Russian ethnographer Waldemar Jochelson for the Museum’s Jesup North Pacific Expedition.
While conducting field work, Jochelson witnessed a Koryak ceremony, in which a similar figurine was used as a charm and whale body parts were “sent home to the sea” to encourage other whales to return.