Thule Figure

E 288) An unusual stylized figure representing an ancestor. The body ends in an off-set point; perhaps the result of a functional or ritual usage(?). The large naturalistic head is well carved and set in a hierarchal pose. Thule culture, Bering Strait, Alaska. Mineralized walrus tusk (Odobenus rosmarus divergens). Circa 1000-1800 AD. 8,7 cm. Acquired from Michel Koenig, Bruxelles circa 1990.