Alaskan Eskimo Carved Walrus Ivory Abstract Sculpture
Alaskan Eskimo Carved Walrus Ivory Abstract Sculpture

Alaskan Eskimo Carved Walrus Ivory Abstract Sculpture

1700 to 1800 Alaska

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Western Alaskan Eskimo Carved Walrus Ivory Abstract Sculpture Resembling an Igloo with Bulging Eyes
The base pierced for attachment, perhaps an ornament for a hunting hat or other clothing
18th Century or earlier

Size: 4cm high, 3.5cm wide, 2.5cm deep – 1½ ins high, 1¼ ins wide, 1 ins deep
Provenance: Ex London Private collection
Small lifelike carvings were a common subject of Western Alaskan ivory carvers as they had previously been for the prehistoric Dorset carvers in the eastern Arctic. Both cultures took pleasure in making carvings with hidden surprises or visual puns such as this curious piece.
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