Ancestor figure

Posted by Anthony JP Meyer | June 14, 2023 | Selection of works - Meyer Gallery
10th/19th century.Eskimo, Thule Culture, Western Alaska

Wood (cedar drift-wood) and an insert in walrus tusk. A fine patina of age due to burial in the permafrost with minor wear and lacunae.
14.4 cm.

Additional Information: 
Rare and large representation of an ancestor composed of an imposing ovalized head on a stylized torso. The face is finely shaped with strong eyebrows, protruding cheekbones, a straight nose and a grimacing mouth whose chin is adorned with a large labret made of walrus ivory.