Harry Apodruk Vintage Baleen-Wood Love Story Bracelet
This bracelet is made from baleen laminated to dark wood, perhaps ebony; see the last image for a close-up of the lamination. The ebony gives rigidity to the flexible baleen plates to provide a durable platform for etching and wearing. The pictures portray a man and woman out crossing paths while out walking and turning around to catch up with each other, holding hands, walking together, rubbing noses, and going back to a village.
Harry Apodruk (1929 – 1988) was an Inupiaq artist who moved to Seattle and worked for Leonard F. Porter, Inc. in the 1960’s. This bracelet was likely made while Apodruk was employed there.
The bracelet has an inside circumference of about 7 inches; It is approximately 1 1/4 inch wide. It is signed Apodruk.
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Because of marine mammal content, the bracelet can not be mailed out of the U.S.