Original Purchase Date: 9 / 16 / 98, $990
Purchased From: Pete Vallejo
Gallery: The Ivory Broker
Gallery Address: 817 West 6th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
Bequest of Thomas G. Fowler
Hinged lid bowl finished with red pigment typical of Nunivak Island pieces. Black pigment design on surface of lid depicts two caribou defecating. Bowl lid has a carved ivory seal head and torso emerging from the surface. The seal's front flippers are painted black on the surface of the lid. Facial features are engraved in the ivory and are colored red and black. The bottom front portion of the bowl has a protruding carved head of a bear, which also acts as the handle of the bowl. The bear's facial features are painted in dark red and black. This piece was produced for the commercial trade.