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Hunter and Walrus Mask - Walrus Cheekbone, by Charles Slwooko (Yupik)

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Price: $265.00
Item Number: 2017A151

This Charles Slwooko bas relief of a hunter and walrus was carved into an ossified whale cheekbone. The hunter’s spear stands upright to the side of the piece. For accent, the walrus figure stands out with its highly polished surface and tusk of walrus tusk ivory. This sculpture speaks to the dichotomy between the hunter and the hunted. Designed to hang on a wall, this piece will be a great addition to any collection.

A variety of highly refined Native Indian Arts and Crafts express the unique cultural traditions of Native Alaskan peoples. Commonly known as "Eskimo", the Yupik and Inupiat people of Northern Alaska have been subsistence hunters relying on local species for thousands of years. These local animals provide the materials from which are fashioned exceptional works of art. The tusks of the Pacific walrus provide ivory which carvers transform into amazingly realistic images of animals. Walrus, seal, polar bears and arctic whales are favorite subjects, but we also see birds, otters, woolly mammoth, wolf, moose and many others. Hunters waiting at seal breathing holes and whaling from kayaks are also depicted in ivory. Old pieces of whalebone collected from shorelines are also used by carvers, often for larger scale pieces.

Height: 7.25;” Depth: 2.25;” Width: 5.25”