An ancient Eskimo ivory effigy
Lot 4143Y
An ancient Eskimo ivory effigy
Sold for US$ 2,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
An ancient Eskimo ivory effigy
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

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  • 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.
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  1. Ingmars Lindbergs
    Specialist - Native American
    Bonhams
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    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, 94103
    United States
    Work +1 415 503 3393
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