old walrus tusk with strange billiken carving. While usually represented as a smiling cherub type creature this face is more haunting and menacing. It is also less invasivly carved into the tusk which otherwise keeps its natural shape. A little bit around the back side and below the face is a signature or maker mark. A hole at the smoothed off base indicates that this was once mounted on something. Very interesting piece. Just under nine inches in length.
A vintage block printed fabric wall hanging by the Canadian Inuit artist Agnes Nanogak Goose (1925-2001). This highly regarded Holman artist was famous for her ink drawings and as a print maker, and she also produced block printed textiles, including cotton burlap. She was the first Inuit artist to receive and honorary degree from Mt. St. Vincent university. This wall hanging measures 24" x 14-3/4"...
An unusual pair of carved ivory salad servers.The bowl of the spoon has a very small nick and chip; the fork, two very small nicks (please refer to pictures.) Unsigned. Length: 9";total weight: 2.6 ozs.
All hand-sewn Eskimo doll probably made sometime during the 60's.
She is dressed in nicely detailed fur parka with fox trimmed hood and has hand-painted facial features on leather face with fur hair
She is 11 inches high and in good condition
Measuring 5 1/4" x 2 3/4" this whale's tooth is engraved with scenes depicting a polar bear going after a seal that has surfaced in an ice hole, and a person in a kayak with mountains or icebergs in the background with a setting sun. The tooth is actually half a tooth, with a smooth flat polished surface. It is signed on the lower right of the polar bear scene...
Big real original (not a later copy) Eskimo Scrimshaw Cribbage Board , carved from walrus task. The top of the task has a carved cribbage board with scrimshaw of four seals lying on ice. The right side of the task is decorated with four scrimshawed deer; the left side of the task is decorated with scrimshaw of two rabbits, two bears, a dog and other creatures...
This is a charming ivory letter opener, a perfect present for the ivory or tribal art collector, probably carved by Alaskan Eskimos, ca 1950s, highlighted by a sleek walrus form handle, with beautifully carved tusks; flippers and tail. Measurement: length: 8 3/4 inches. Condition: excellent no chips or cracks.
From an extensive private collection of ivory and bone desk objects, this is a scrimshaw letter opener, by Alaskan Eskimo carvers ca. 1950, made of walrus ivory, with etched fish form handle; the blade etched with a scene of a seal and her pup on an ice floe; signed “F.E.”famous carver Frank Ellanna,of King Island,Alaska. Measurement: length, 7 inches. Condition: excellent.