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A rare and important Okvik Eskimo ivory head

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Lot 1122Y
A rare and important Okvik Eskimo ivory head

Sold for US$ 87,500 inc. premium

Native American Art

9 Dec 2013, 11:00 PST

San Francisco

A rare and important Okvik Eskimo ivory head
200 BC – 100 AD, of smoothly ovoid proportions, the eyes worked as raised slits between parallel incisions, arching brows and a double-incised forehead band above, the elongated straight nose leading to an almond-shaped mouth and jutting chin.
length 3 1/4in

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Consigned by the Eskimo family who excavated it on Punuk Island off St. Lawrence Island in summer 2012

    The features are set in typical elongated Okvik proportions. A strong masculine presence is projected in the angle of the jaw as well as the skillful contouring of the high-placed, prominent cheekbones. The distinctive flattened top of the head is not often seen.

    This head may have been temporally related to lot 1121, having been excavated at the same site, at the same depth, just five feet away. Please see the essay associated with lot 1121 for more information.

    Conserved to American Institute for Conservation's current standards and recommended practices.

    Cf:
    For related examples, see Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil (Rock Foundation) collection as featured in Le Musée du quai Branly 2008 exhibition "Upside Down" Les Arctiques, p. 95, Sacred Circles, p. 115, Sotheby's NY, The Saul and Marsha Stanoff Collection, May 17, 2007, lot 73; Christie's Paris, Art Africain et Océanien, December 13, 2011, lot 234 and Sotheby's NY, Arts of the American West, May 22, 2013, lot 141.
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A rare and important Okvik Eskimo ivory head
A rare and important Okvik Eskimo ivory head
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