Toggle, harpoon finger rest or club head
Is this an owl, or is it even a bird at all? Whatever this object might be, the colours are mesmerising and stand out. The waving layers with different colours might suggest that thus might be walrus ivory teeth that was used for smaller carvings and displayed “rings of colour” or a mastodon tusk which possesses beautiful colours. 
The hole in the middle suggests that a thread or rope would have passed through it. Could this object be a toggle, a harpoon finger rest, or indeed a club head as suggested in SVCA records? A slightly similar object, identified as a Raven amulet, has been found at the Boardwalk Site in British Columbia.  Yet, it remains difficult to know identify who made this rare object and when.
Peter Loovers, February 2022
 Susan W. Fair, Alaska Native Arts and Crafts, (Anchorage: Alaska Geographic Society, 1985), p. 55
 Aron L. Crowell, Prehistory of Alaska’s Pacific Coast, in Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alasla, ed. by William W. Fitzhugh and Aron L. Crowell, (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988), pp. 130-141
Gift from Anthony Plowright to the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia in 1995.
Title/Description: Toggle, harpoon finger rest or club head
Object Type: Implement
Materials: Walrus ivory
Technique: Carving, Drilling
Measurements: h. 112 mm
Accession Number: 1114
Historic Period: Early centuries AD
Production Place: Alaska, Bering Sea, North America, The Americas
Credit Line: Donated by Anthony Plowright, 1995