Looking Backward: Archaic Arctic Art and Artifacts

July 0914, 2022
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Lot 6

Maskette, Possibly Dorset Culture, ca. 800 BCE – 1300 CE

Maskette, Possibly Dorset Culture, ca. 800 BCE – 1300 CE
Lot 6 Details
Maskette, Possibly Dorset Culture, ca. 800 BCE – 1300 CE

comprised of ivory, relief carved nose and mouth with oblong eyes
1 x 1.5 x .25 in — 2.5 x 3.8 x 0.6 cm

Estimate $900-$1,200

Realised: $1,440
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Maskette, Possibly Dorset Culture, ca. 800 BCE – 1300 CE
  • Maskette, Possibly Dorset Culture, ca. 800 BCE – 1300 CE

Bill Johnstone collection, Carlisle, UK


Mantel, Ken, Tuvaq: Inuit Art and the Modern World, (Bristol: Sansom and Company Ltd., 2010), 27, pl. 10.


Related Works:
Houston, James, George Swinton, William E. Taylor Jr., Sculpture/Inuit, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1971), pl. 376.

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Small hole toward upper edge of forehead, possibly later addition. Wear and losses commensurate with age. Overall good condition.

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  • 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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