Old Bering Sea I (Archaic Eskimo)
200 B.C. – 100 A.D.
Carved walrus tooth
Height: 1 ½ in. (4 cm)
Ex collection Trotta-Bono, New York
Ex private collection, Paris acquired from the above in 2011
Ex collection Guy Porré & Nathalie Chaboche, Brussels
The style is characteristic of the Okvik culture (Old Bering Sea I), an archaic civilization 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 has a timeless, universal quality to it.