See Gifts from Our Ancestors Catalog Number 139, illustrated on p. 306
OBS Anonymous | Miniature figure with horns | Thule | Alaska on Madison
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OBS Anonymous, Whale amulet, Punuk-Thule
ivory, 12 x 2 1/4 x 34 in. (1.3 x 5.7 x 1.9 cm)
OBS Anonymous | Whale amulet | Punuk-Thule | Alaska on Madison
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OBS Anonymous, Large bear, Punuk or Thule
ivory, 1 x 4 x 58 in. (2.5 x 10.2 x 1.6 cm)
See p. 217 of Gifts from the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories of Bering Strait for a very similar bear, attributed to Punuk or Thule period (c. 1000 AD)
OBS Anonymous | Large bear | Punuk or Thule | Alaska on Madison
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OBS Anonymous, Okvik harpoon point for small whales, Okvik
Fossilized ivory, 5 x 78 x 12 in. (12.7 x 2.2 x 1.3 cm)
OBS Anonymous | Okvik harpoon point for small whales | Okvik | Alaska on Madison
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OBS Anonymous, Small featureless doll, Okvik
Fossilized ivory, 1 3/4 x 716 x 18 in. (4.5 x 1.1 x 0.3 cm)
OBS Anonymous | Small featureless doll | Okvik | Alaska on Madison
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OBS Anonymous, Tattooed torso, Okvik
Fossilized ivory, 5 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 1 in. (14 x 5.7 x 2.5 cm)
Not for sale.
An Okvik torso. We do not know the purpose for which Okvik dolls were made, but they were frequently destroyed, with the head struck from the torso.
OBS Anonymous | Tattooed torso | Okvik | Alaska on Madison
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OBS Anonymous, Harpoon socket piece decorated with walruses, OBS II
Fossilized ivory, 7 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 in. (19.1 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm)
Not for sale. Old Bering Sea II socket piece, used to join two sections of harpoon shaft. This exceptional socket piece is decorated with designs in the form of a walrus in profile. Cf. Toggle in the form of a sculpin, Wardwell fig. 76.
OBS Anonymous | Harpoon socket piece decorated with walruses | OBS II | Alaska on Madison
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OBS Anonymous, Collection of harpoon points, shafts, and tools, OBS
Not for sale.
A collection of Old Bering Sea tools, including harpoon points, socket pieces and ritual bowls, found together. These almost certainly were the tools of one hunter.
OBS Anonymous | Collection of harpoon points, shafts, and tools | OBS | Alaska on Madison
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OBS Anonymous, Fragment of OBS tool, OBS
Fossilized ivory, 3 1/4 x 58 x 12 in. (8.3 x 1.6 x 1.3 cm)
This is a fragment of an Okvik tool or handle, with characteristic decoration. It resembles the burin handle in Figure 3 on P. 79 of Gifts From the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories of the Bering Strait, which had a similar pointed opening by which a link was attached to the handle.
OBS Anonymous | Fragment of OBS tool | OBS | Alaska on Madison
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OBS Anonymous, Hand and whale on chain, Ipiutaq
ivory, 4 x 12 x 12 in. (10.2 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm)
Not for sale. An Old Bering Sea whaling charm, with a hand and stylized whale joined by a link.
OBS Anonymous | Hand and whale on chain | Ipiutaq | Alaska on Madison
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OBS Anonymous, Large butterfly counterweight, Early Punuk
Fossilized walrus ivory, 6 x 1 7/8 in. (15.2 x 7.3 cm)
Not for sale. A stunning Punuk counterweight, with a honey-colored patina and classic Punuk incised designs.
OBS Anonymous | Large butterfly counterweight | Early Punuk | Alaska on Madison
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OBS Anonymous, Spirit Scoop (to give seal a drink), 19th century
ivory, 3 1/4 x 1516 x 316 in. (8.3 x 2.4 x 0.5 cm)
OBS Anonymous | Spirit Scoop (to give seal a drink) | 19th century | Alaska on Madison
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