Inuit Art Auction

November 22, 2016

LOT 132
PIPE
  • PIPE
  • PIPE
  • PIPE

132

PIPE, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

ivory
decorated with engraved standing caribou, geese, walrus hunting scenes and whale flukes, as well as celebratory figures, 19th Century
8.5" x 2" x 1.25" — 21.6 x 5.1 x 3.2 cm.

Estimate $1,000-$2,000

Realised: $3,840
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

“Eskimo engravers quickly realized that Europeans were eager to own engraved ivories. Around the Bering Strait and to the North, an ivory carving industry developed, and many of the engraved scenes found on bag handles and drill bows were transferred onto non functional ivory pipes. “

Literature:

Fitzhugh and Kaplan, Inua, Spirit World of the Bering Sea Eskimo, 1982, page 265, pl. 330

Provenance:

The Collection of Dr. Francis Sparshott, 1973

Additional Info:

Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Carving / Sculpture: Ivory
Settlement: Alaska, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska