OBSII Head

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OBSII Head

Alaska

Old Bering Sea II Culture (Archaic Eskimo)
100 – 500 A.D.
Carved walrus tooth
Height: 2 ¾ in. (7.6 cm)

Provenance :
Collected on St Lawrence Island in the beginning of the 1990’s
Ex collection Jeffrey Myers, USA
Ex collection Perry J. Lewis, USA
Ex private collection, USA

Published & exhibited:
Espiritus del agua, Barcelona & Madrid, Spain, 1999-2000
Art of the Ancestors, Aspen Museum of Art, Colorado, 2004

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This head, sculpted in a partially fossilized walrus tusk is quite exceptional in terms of its spare lines, its refinement and in the extreme stylization of the features. The way in which the features are stretched across the face confers a remarkable elegance and interiority to the sculpture, reminiscent of the art of Giacometti or of Brancusi.
The style is characteristic of the Old Bering Sea II culture, 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 head has a timeless, universal quality to it.

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