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Aerial view of a zoomorphic ivory figure likely representing a splayed seal | Donald Ellis Gallery

Splayed seal

Old Bering Sea II
St. Lawrence Island, Alaska 

100 – 300 AD

marine mammal ivory

height: 35 ½"

Inventory # E4120-56


acquired by the Diker Collection, now at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY


Reportedly collected at Kialegak, St. Lawrence Island, AK 
J. Gordon Douglas III, New York, NY
Sotheby’s, New York, NY; November 30, 1995, lot 238
Bill and Carol Wolf, NJ


“Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait,” Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK; July–September 1986
"Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait,” Lowie Museum of Anthropology, Berkeley, CA; October 1986–January 1987
“Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait,” Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI; January–March 1987
“Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait,” American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY; October 1987–January 1988


Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait, Wardwell, New York, NY, Hudson Hills Press, 1986; pg. 69 , pl. 68 & on cloth cover

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Leskov, A.M. and Muller-Beck, H. Arktische Waljager vor 3000 Jahren: Unbekannte Sibirische Kunst. Munich: v. Hase & Koehler Verlag, 1993, pg. 176 & 177, pl. 330; pg. 193, pl. 350