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human head

Bering Sea, Alaska

200 bc – 100 AD

marine mammal ivory
height: 3 1/4˝

Inventory # E4120-33



Francesco Pellizzi, New York, NY

Donald Ellis Gallery, Dundas, ON

Bill and Carol Wolf, Hawthorne, NJ


Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK, “Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait”, July - September 1986

Lowie Museum of Anthropology, Berkeley, CA, “Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait”, October 1986 - January 1987

Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI, “Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait”, January - March 1987

American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, “Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait, October 1987 - January 1988

Princeton University Art Museum, “Gifts From the Ancestors”, October 3, 2009 to January 10, 2010


Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait, Wardwell, New York, Hudson Hills Press, 1986, pg. 44, pl. 18

Arktische Waljager vor 3000 Jahren: Unbekannte Sibirische Kunst, Leskov and Muller-Beck, Munich, v. Hase & Koehler Verlag, 1993 pg. 90, fig. 12

Gifts From the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories of Bering Strait, Princeton, Princeton University Art Museum, 2009, pg. 292, fig. 2, and pg. 305, cat. no. 123

Related Examples

For a similar head on a full figure (“Okvik Madonna”): University of Alaska Museum of the North, Fairbanks, Alaska,, cat. no. 4-1934-607 – See: Ray, Dorothy Jean. Artists of the Tundra and the Sea. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1961, figs. 8 and 9.

For another similar head on a full figure: Rock Foundation, New York, New York, cat. no. A7980 – See: Upside Down Les Arctiques. Paris: Musée du quai Branly, 2008, pg. 89, fig. 5.

Mask E4108

Lower Yukon River, Alaska

ca. 1860