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Peigne Anthropomorphe Okvik

Alaska

Eskimo Archaïque
Culture Old Bering Sea I
200 avant J.C. – 100 après J.C.

Dent de morse sculptée
Hauteur : 12 cm

Collecté in situ en 2002
Ex collection Jeffrey Myers, New York
Ex collection Perry Lewis, New York

Publié :
New Beginnings – Parcours des Mondes 2017


Video – Plein écran

Prix : vendu

America - Alaska
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This archaic Eskimo sculpture, with its unique ornamentation and sensitivity, represents a human figure, its lower extremity ending in the shape of a comb.
The face is at once both intensely expressive and quite spare. The features are stylized, and the bridge of the nose elongated. The parallel with Cycladic art is striking.
Geometric motifs, incised with great finesse, decorate the torso and the back of the figure. Some of them, under the neck and on the back, are patterned using circles and dots, a representation with shamanic dimensions. Found in all of the successive cultures of Alaska for over more than 2,000 years, it is called ellam iinga, literally, « eye of the universe » or « eye of awareness » in the Yup'ik language.
Here, the anthropomorphic figure is combined with a utilitarian object (a comb used particularly to prepare bear fur and skins) even while taking on an eminently ritual character.