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The body incised with fine lines
The outer skin worn by gravel
200 B.C – 100 A.D
Size: 11cm high, 4cm wide, 2.5cm deep - 4¼ ins high, 1½ ins wide, 1 ins deep
Collected on St Lawrence Island
Ex Private American collection
This powerful statuette was probably a guardian spirit. On St Lawrence Island guardian spirits communicated with their human companions in dreams and advised them of specific ceremonial activities to avoid sickness or to bring the family success in hunting. In such cases these figures would act as spiritual assistants to provide their human master with a means to intervene in the cosmos.