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Nikolai

Set ESK04

Polar Bears and Eskimo Hunters

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2002
Contents 5 figures and 2 bears
Poses 5 poses, 2 bear poses
Material Resin
Colours Black
Average Height 22 mm (= 1.58 m)

Review

Given the environment in which they lived, the Inuit (Eskimos) relied on hunting for all their food and much more besides. Depending of the season and location they might hunt sea mammals (seal, walrus and whale) or bears, they might hunt the caribou or they might fish. They believed every such animal had a soul, and much importance was placed on placating that soul when a kill was made. As is so often found in primitive cultures, they treated the animals they hunted with considerable respect.

The five hunters in this set cover all the major forms of hunting. The first is perhaps shooting at caribou with his bow, while the next seems to be reeling in a fishing line. The third has a harpoon in hand, and could be waiting by a breathing hole for a seal to appear (hunters were reputed to wait for hours in this way). The fourth man could be reeling in a fishing line, or pulling a kill as illustrated, while the fifth holds up his latest catch.

The second row is dominated by the two polar bears promised in the set's name. Polar bears were difficult and dangerous to hunt, so were usually a chance quarry rather than subject to an intentional hunt. The rest of the row shows much more common forms of prey, with a dead seal next to a pile of fish.

As always these figures are beautifully sculpted with all the clear detail you could ask for. Some naturally come in more than one piece to facilitate the poses, but these parts fit together well to make excellent models. With almost no flash the only thing to be aware of is that no bases are supplied - those shown above were added by us.

Yet another excellent and very unusual product from this company, although the fact that they are made of resin makes them more delicate than plastic figures. Another important aspect of Inuit life is captured here, although once again it is one that has largely disappeared thanks to contact with the outside world and the obvious attractions of firearms and imported food.

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