Inuit Art Auction

November 22, 2016

LOT 132
  • PIPE
  • PIPE
  • PIPE


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 ?

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. “


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


The Collection of Dr. Francis Sparshott, 1973