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Frontal view of an old ivory figure carving with a nice rich dark patina | Donald Ellis Gallery

Figural comb

Old Bering Sea 
St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

100 – 500 AD 

marine mammal ivory

height: 4"

Inventory # E4120-8

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Provenance

Excavated at the Ivetok site on St. Lawrence Island, AK, in June 2004
Jason Noongwook, Savoonga, AK
Bill and Carol Wolf, Hawthorne, NJ

Published

Art of the Arctic: Reflections of the Unseen (Ivories), Ellis, London, Black Dog Publishing, 2015, pg.41, pl. 30

RELATED EXAMPLES   

Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Saint Petersburg, – See: Aruti︠u︡nov, Sergei and Aleksandrovich, Sergeev. Problems of Ethnic History in the Bering Sea: The Ekven Cemetery. Anchorage: Shared Beringian Heritage Program, 2006, pg. 161, fig. 80, no. 7.

For a later example of a comb with a human head: Collection of Hans-Georg Bandi – See: Bandi, Hans-Georg. Die Kunst der Eskimos auf der St.-Lorenz-Insel in Alaska. Bern: Stuttgart Hallwag Verlag, 1977, pg. 44.

Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Saint Petersburg, – See: Aruti︠u︡nov, Sergei and Aleksandrovich, Sergeev. Problems of Ethnic History in the Bering Sea: The Ekven Cemetery. Anchorage: Shared Beringian Heritage Program, 2006, pg. 161, fig. 80, no. 7.