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Creator Nationality: North American; Native American; Aleutian; Bering
Creator Name-CRT: Old Bering Sea peoples
Title: Human figure
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: -20
Creation End Date: 99
Creation Date: 2nd century B.C.?1st century A.D.
Creation Place: United States, Alaska
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Ivory (walrus)
Dimensions: H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Description: The ivory half-figures or torsos made during the late centuries of the first millennium B.C. were often rendered with such a minimum of detail that they remain enigmatic to the most insightful of viewers. Armless and legless, with faces reduced to essential elements, the figures are part of a larger group of works that have been called dolls by some, ceremonial or shamanistic objects by others. Most frequently they represent females. In Siberia during the nineteenth century, armless female figures were house guardians and spirits of illness; it has been suggested that in ancient times they may have had a similar role. The ivory torsos are known primarily from the region of the St. Lawrence and Punuk islands in the Bering Sea between Alaska and Siberia .
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1979.206.695
Credit Line: The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Old Bering Sea (Okvik)
AMICA ID: MMA_.1979.206.695
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved
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