Old Bering Sea culture
Shamanic figure depicting a person with distorted face features
Old Bering Sea I-II
250 B.C. – 100 A.D.
Carved walrus tooth
Height: 1 ¾ in. (4.5 cm)
Ex private collection, Barcelona, Spain
Exhibitions and literature:
“Espíritus del Agua”, La Caixa, Barcelona & Madrid,
1999-2000, illustrated page 66
“Spirits of the Water”, The Menil Collection, Houston, 2000, fig. 22 page 39
Price: on request
This face is redolent of mystery and power.
The style is characteristic of the Old Bering Sea I-II cultures, archaic civilizations of the Arctic which developed on St. Lawrence Island in the southern Bering Strait in Alaska during the first millennium B.C.
A veritable giant in miniature, this hieratic head is reminiscent of the art of Giacometti, Munch or Brancusi.