Looking Backward: Archaic Arctic Art and Artifacts

July 0914, 2022
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LOT 39

Lot 39

Three Fish-Form Lures, Bering Sea Region, Pre-1900

Three Fish-Form Lures, Bering Sea Region, Pre-1900
Lot 39 Details
Three Fish-Form Lures, Bering Sea Region, Pre-1900

ivory, one with relief carved gills, one with tubular inset eyes, individually inscribed with collector's inventory numbers
largest .62 x 3.25 x .5 in — 1.6 x 8.3 x 1.3 cm

Estimate $250-$350

Realised: $276
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Private collection


Related Works:
Paul and Mary Thiry, Eskimo Artifacts Designed for Use, (Seattle: Superior Publishing Company, 1977), 209.

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Wear and losses commensurate with age. Overall good condition.

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LOT 39

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