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Frontal view of a dark colored monumentally carved ancient Okvik ivory head | Donald Ellis Gallery
Side angle view of a finely carved darkly colored ancient Okvik ivory head | Donald Ellis Gallery

Human head

Okvik
Bering Sea, Alaska

200 bc – 100 AD

marine mammal ivory

height: 3 ¼"

Inventory # E4120-33

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Provenance

Francesco Pellizzi, New York, NY
Donald Ellis Gallery, Dundas, ON
Bill and Carol Wolf, Hawthorne, NJ

Exhibited

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

Published

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.