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Pair of pendants and chains carved from ivory decorated with tiny seal figures | Donald Ellis Gallery

Pendant and Chain

Western Alaska

1200 – 1700 CE

marine mammal ivory

height: 14"

Inventory # E4196


pendant length: 2 ⅝”
chain length: 11 ¾” 


Private collection, Paris, France

Related Examples

Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, Cat. Nos. 44691, 37981 and 48217 – See: Fitzhugh, William and Kaplan, Susan. Inua: Spirit World of the Bering Sea Eskimo. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982, pg 234, fig. 281

American Museum of Natural History, and the US Bureau of Land Management, Cat. No. 60.1/7457

See: Fitzhugh, William, Hollowell, Julie, Crowell, Aron. Gifts From the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories of Bering Strait. New Haven: Princeton Art Museum, 2009, pg. 31, fig. 10

Burch, Ernest S. Jr. The Eskimos. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1988, pg 81, lower left (Edmund Carpenter collection)