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Frontal view of Pre-Koniag female ivory figure carving displaying a naturalistic style | Donald Ellis Gallery
Angled view of ivory carved representing a female figure in a naturalistic style | Donald Ellis Gallery
Rear view of a female ivory figure carving displaying a naturalistic style | Donald Ellis Gallery

Female Figure

Pre-Koniag Culture
Kodiak Island, Alaska

500 BC - 200 AD, Uyak Lower Level

marine mammal ivory

height: 8 ½"

Inventory # E4263

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This figure appears to be unique. Initial parallels can be drawn to the classic Okvik Period figures of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. The discovery of this astonishing figure extends our knowledge of classic pre-historic carving beyond the previous geographic boundaries, and firmly establishes pre-Koniag culture as a major force in the ancient artistic traditions of the far north.

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Brasser, Ted. J. Native American Clothing: An Illustrated History. Toronto: Firefly Books, 2009, pg. 336

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