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A superb prehistoric ivory pail handle carved with several zoomorphic figures | Donald Ellis Gallery
A rare prehistoric pail handle with zoomorphic heads carved from marine mammal ivory | Donald Ellis Gallery

Pail Handle

Old Bering Sea III
St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

300 – 500 AD

marine mammal ivory

width: 8"

Inventory # E4120-82

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Excavated by Oosevaseuk at the old village site, Gambell, AK, ca. 1992
Bill and Carol Wolf, NJ


Art of the Arctic: Reflections of the Unseen (Ivories), Ellis, London, Black Dog Publishing, 2015, pg. 65, pl. 52

Related Examples

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution – See: Collins, Henry B. Prehistoric art of the Alaskan Eskimo (with 24 plates). Washington: The Smithsonian Institution, 1929, pl. 3, fig. b.

Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Saint Petersburg – See: Aruti︠u︡nov, Sergei and Aleksandrovich, Sergeev, D. A. Problems of Ethnic History in the Bering Sea: The Ekven Cemetery. Anchorage: Shared Beringian Heritage Program, Anchorage, 2006, pg. 126, fig. 52, no. 4.

The State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow, cat. no. 100Dp-IV – See: Leskov, A.M. and Muller-Beck, H. Arktische Waljager vor 3000 Jahren: Unbekannte Sibirische Kunst. Munich: v. Hase & Koehler Verlag, 1993, pg. 159, pl. 281.

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