Looking Backward: Archaic Arctic Art and Artifacts
July 09 — 14, 2022
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Figural Needle Case, Ipiutak, Bering Sea Region or Inland Northwest Alaska, ca. 100 BCE – 800 CE
Bill Johnstone collection, Carlisle, UK
A highly embellished and elaborate sewing needle case whose outswept medial loops–if not the object as a whole–appear to be a derived from the stylised representations of seals sometimes depicted by the Ipiutak, such as an example found at an Ipiutak grave site near Tikigaq (Point Hope) (see Wardell, 113, pl 148).
Wardell, Allen, Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait, (New York: Hudson Hills Press Inc., 1986), 113, pl. 148.
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