Punctate eyes and ears at each side of the head, a protuberance at the crown, the stout neck with pronounced jowl, pierced for suspension, rich variegated patina, minor restoration. length 4 5/8in
Provenance: From an old Chicago collection
At first glance the silhouette of the present lot draws comparison to depictions of bears from the Old Bering Sea II period or later. However, the distinct execution of what appears to be a dewlap underneath the throat of the creature, combined with the knob atop the head, suggests the possibility of the present lot being a caribou effigy.