Tupilaq carving became a highly skilled activity after
a start where they were quite stereotyped.
are also somewhat curious in that they are probably quite different
to what they were originally, now being finely detailed carvings
in hard materials instead of being made of hair, skin, feathers
etc. that would have presumably been significantly simpler and
probably quite different as each person making one wouldn't
have seen many or any others.
Picture copyright Paul Ward 2009.
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