Carved Bird

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

A carved sitting bird on a flat, rectangular base (carved from one piece). The eyes & wing details are scrimshawed in brown. The feet are scrimshawed in black. The back edge of the base has 2 grooves cut onto its surface. The edge is rough & jagged. The figure is highly polished except for the bottom of base. Two parallel cracks (approx. 3 cm long) run down breast of bird. According to its appraiser's list, thought to be Siberian Yupik Eskimo of St. Lawrence Island. purchased in Barrow, Alaska.

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  • Title: Carved Bird
  • Location: Point Barrow / St. Lawrence Island (not certain), Alaska, United States, North America
  • Physical Dimensions: L: 6.6cm W: 3.3cm H: 6cm
  • Type: Figure
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
  • Medium: Fossil ivory
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): E428025
  • Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Ethnology
  • Date Collected: 1970
  • Accession Date: 1995-07-20

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