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Aerial view of an ancient Punuk ivory handle in the shape of a whale | Donald Ellis Gallery

Whale handle

Punuk
Bering Sea, Alaska

500 – 1200 AD

marine mammal ivory 

height: 7 ¾"

Inventory # E4120-50

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


Provenance

The Carpenter-De Menil Collection, New York, NY
Paul Steinhacker, New York, NY
Sotheby’s, New York, May 21, 1996, lot 220
Bill and Carol Wolf, NJ

Exhibited

“Gifts from the Ancestors,” Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ; October 3, 2009–January 10, 2010

Published

World of Tribal Arts Magazine, Winter 1997, "Arctic Abstractions" Steinhacker, pg. 91 fig.13
Gifts From the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories of Bering Strait
Princeton, Princeton University Art Museum, 2009, pg. 210, fig. 5, and pg. 309, cat. no. 171
Gifts from the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories of Bering Strait, Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Art Museum, 2009; pg. 210, fig. 5; pg. 309, cat. no. 171

Related Examples

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey, cat. no. 1997-207 – See: Fitzhugh, et al., Gifts from the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories of Bering Strait, Princeton University Art Museum, Yale University Press, 2009, pg. 210, pl. 4.

University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, cat. no. 64-21-922 – See: Wardwell, Allen. Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1986, pg. 102, pl. 126. 

Newark Museum, Newark,(on loan in 1977, current status unknown) – See: Lipton, Barbara. Survival: Life and Art of the Alaskan Eskimo. Newark: Newark Museum, 1977, pg. 60, no, 48.

Wardwell, Allen. Prehistoric Eskimo Ivories. Dalton: Studley Press, 1992, pl. 29