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A superbly carved human torso with thin arms and stylised hands | Donald Ellis Gallery
Profile view of a rare prehistoric ivory carving of a human torso | Donald Ellis Gallery


Old Bering Sea II
St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

100 - 300 AD

marine mammal ivory

height: 7"

Inventory # E4266

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Francesco Pellizzi, New York, NY
Donald Ellis Gallery, Dundas, ON
Private collection, Connecticut


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


Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait, Wardwell, New York, Hudson Hills Press, 1986, pg. 66, pl. 61
Donald Ellis Gallery catalogue, 1998, pg. 10

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Wardwell, Allen. Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait. New York: Hudson Hills, 1986, pg. 65, pls. 58 and 59 

This superbly carved torso is one of a small group of stylistically similar figures having thin arms, and hands. Parallels can be drawn to the classic Okvik period figures of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. The discovery of this superb figure, however, 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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