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Lot 1889: North American Inuit Bone Face Mask

Antiquities: Day 4

by TimeLine Auctions

December 9, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: 19th century AD or earlier. A whale bone carving of a male face with large prominent nose and deeply drilled nostrils; almond shaped eyes with drilled pupils, low brow ridge above eyes; shallow philtrum below nose; wide mouth with fleshy lips twisted to the left; to the back a drilled suspension hole and to the side an ink inscription, 'Eskimo Point Hope 1862'. 459 grams, 12.5cm (5"). Property of a Sussex, UK collector; acquired UK 1990s; collected from Eskimo Point Hope, Alaska, 1862.

Condition Report: Fine condition.

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