Gut Scraper

Gut Scraper
Gut Scraper
Date:
Old Bering Sea Culture, Okvik Period, 3rd century BC–2nd century AD
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Ivory
Dimensions:
7/8 x 4 x 2 1/8 in.
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
North America
Culture/People:
Eskimo, Siberian Yupik
Provenance:

Original Purchase Date: 3 / 19 / 02
Purchased From: Jeffrey R. Myers
Gallery: Jeffrey R. Myers / Primitive and Fine Arts
Gallery Address: 12 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028, USA

Accession Number:
2007.21.238
Acquisition Date:
2007-06-21
Credit Line:

Bequest of Thomas G. Fowler

An exquisitely styled gut scraper carved from ivory, configured in an oval form, with two seal heads carved in the round protruding from one end of the dish. The seal heads are featureless. There is evidence that there may have been a cross member between the two heads to allow for suspension. This is pure speculation on my part. There is a deep rich brown to black surface patina overall.

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