A fine Inupiaq stained walrus ivory pipe, c.1880-1900 Inupiat Eskimo, Alaska 27.5cm long
Lot 351Y
A fine Inupiaq stained walrus ivory pipe, Inupiat Eskimo, Alaska 27.5cm long
£4,000 - 6,000
US$ 6,700 - 10,000
Lot Details
A fine Inupiaq stained walrus ivory pipe,
Inupiat Eskimo, Alaska
the flaring bowl incised with hunters and birds to the perimeter and applied with a mask to the front, the stem sides incised with scenes of caribou and birds being pursued by archers, figures dragging deer and loading canoes, and a whale hunting party in several canoes, the top edge carved in high relief with a crawling figure, two seals and an animal head, 27.5cm long

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Purchased by Thomas Gerrard in Alaska between 1915-16, and thence by descent to the present owner.

    Cf. Bonhams 9 June 2008 San Francisco, Native American Indian & Pre-Columbian Art sale, lot no. 6072, for a comparable pipe with incised and relief carved decoration, from the Heye Foundation - Museum of the American Indian.
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