Inuit Art Auction

November 22, 2016

LOT 132

Lot 132


Lot 132 Details
PIPE, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

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 ?

Lot Report

Additional Images
  • PIPE
  • PIPE

The Collection of Dr. Francis Sparshott, 1973


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


“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. “


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LOT 132

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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