Harry Hank Baleen Basket
Harry Hank is an Inupiaq weaver from Barrow, Alaska. Weaving baleen baskets runs in his family: his mother Marilyn Hank and his grandparents, Carl and Eunice Hank were all weavers. Most baleen weavers come from either Pt. Hope or Barrow, where bowhead whale hunting has been a tradition since the 1920’s, when the first baskets were made from this material.
This is an even and tightly woven basket woven primarily from dark baleen, with white baleen binding on the cover. The polar bear finial is carved from walrus tusk.
3 1/2 in. diameter, at its widest; 4 in. high, including finial.
Please note that because of walrus tusk contents, this basket cannot be shipped to California or New York state. In addition, because of marine mammal material, it cannot be shipped out of the United States.