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|This is an exceptional example of Nunivak Island, Alaska ivory carving, with the entire surface used in a heavily undercut composition featuring walruses, seals, bears, fish, birds, a beluga and an otter.|
|Location of Origin: North America|
|Dimensions: 19 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 2 inches; 49.5 x 8.3 x 5.1 cm|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : Native American Clothing and Antiques|
|The Bear Totem Store in Wrangell, Alaska was a well-known store in the 1920s-50s. Wikipedia writes: "The renowned Bear Totem Store, built in the 1920s by Walter Waters, housed innumerable examples of Tlingit arts and crafts, as well as a number of irreplaceable totem poles. Waters began his business career carrying mail by boat from Wrangell to Sulzer. During this period, he traveled throughout southeast Alaska as a fur buyer. While on business travels, Waters began to acquire Indian artifacts and make valuable contacts with Indian artisans. This eventually enabled him to open his curio shop, the Bear Totem Store. A severe fire in the early 1950s burned much of the downtown area, destroying the Bear Totem Store and most of its contents."|
|Provenance: The tusk was sold by the family that owned the Bear Totem Store in Wrangell, Alaska.|
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