This small figurine is one of hundreds of objects that a Danish whaling captain collected in Chukotka between the years of 1888 and 1890. Whether he received it as a gift, simply took it with him or paid for it is not known. He later sold the entire collection to Friedrich Dörries from Hamburg. Initially, Dörries was a gardener, though we would call him an insect nerd today. He travelled the world in search of rare species and was sometimes accompanied by his two brothers who worked as taxidermists. Later, he became a zookeeper at the Hagenbeck’s Zoo in Hamburg, where he built an insect house. His family sold what they called the "Chukchi Collection" to the museum in 1891 for 400 marks.