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.
“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. “
Fitzhugh and Kaplan, Inua, Spirit World of the Bering Sea Eskimo, 1982, page 265, pl. 330
The Collection of Dr. Francis Sparshott, 1973