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Highly stylized ivory carving featuring a human head with minimalistic features | Donald Ellis Gallery

Human Head

Bering Sea, Alaska

200 BC – 100 AD

marine mammal ivory

height: 3"

Inventory # E4033



Private collection, Paris, France


Art of the Arctic: Reflections of the Unseen (Ivories), Ellis, London, Black Dog Publishing, 2015, pg. 24, pl. 8

Related Examples

Princeton University Art Museum, Cat. No. (1997-131) – See: Fitzhugh, William, Hollowell, Julie, Crowell, Aron. Gifts From the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories of Bering Strait. New Haven: Princeton Art Museum, 2009, pg. 237, fig. 12, for a Punuk or Thule head with a similar shaft identified as the head of a mechanical doll

Wardwell, Allen. Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait. New York: Hudson Hills, 1986, pgs. 45 and 47, figs. 21 and 25

The De Menil Collection, Houston, TX, Cat. No. 265 - See: La Rime et la Raison. Ministere de la Culture, Editions de la Reunion des Musees Nationaux: Paris, 1984, pgs. 214 and 351, cat. no. 265