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carved stylized male figure, the circular head with exaggerated features in relief, curved shoulders, slightly spread legs, rectangular torso; the face with distinct brow, almond shaped eyes, rounded cheeks and downward turned mouth with parted lips; 37" tall
Provenance: Christies' New York,
December 5, 1996, lot 193, Important American Indian Art, Property of a Long Island Collector
Such figures were housed in large numbers in an enclosure and were potent powers which helped to lure whales toward shore.
Shows much weathering, as if kept outside, legs shortened, residual gray color.
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Realized: $7,500 - Excluding Buyer's Premium

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