PunuK/Thule Ancestor Figure
E 249) An elongated standing figure representing an ancestor. The armless body is presented as un upright rectangle supported on two slightly bent legs with the sloping feet defined. The pubic area is pierced twice, front-to-back, possibly for the insertion of a phallic addition or for the passage of a thin cord. The center of the chest offers a large hole through the abdomen. The face is well defined in a schematic fashion showing a thick nose between close set eyes and over a twisted, almost whistling mouth. Bering Strait, Alaska. Late Punuk to early Thulé cultures. Circa 800 – 1500 AD. 7,6 cm.