Unusual and Curious Bering Sea Eskimo or Aleutian Islands, Aleut Carved Walrus Ivory and Whale Baleen model of an American Steam Ship

Unusual and Curious Bering Sea Eskimo or Aleutian Islands, Aleut Carved Walrus Ivory and Whale Baleen model of an American Steam Ship

1800 to 1900 Bering Sea

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An Unusual and Curious Bering Sea Eskimo or Aleutian Islands, Aleut Carved Walrus
Ivory and Whale Baleen model of an American Steam Ship
Walrus ivory, whale baleen, seal gut and cotton
Circa 1860 – 1870

Size: 23cm long, 5cm wide, 16cm high – 9 ins long, 2 ins wide, 6¼ ins high
Miniature walrus ivory carvings have been made in the Bering Sea area and the Aleutian Islands since prehistoric times. Once they served a functional purpose as amulets or as substitutes for real people, animals and supernatural beings, or as symbolic images used for grave goods. This detailed carving with its inlaid baleen portholes and parka clad sailor was however, made for pleasure and for trade with the Europeans and Americans.
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Walrus Ivory
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