Alaskan Sculpture: Indigenous people from Alaska include Yup’ik, Inupiak, Athabaskan, Aleut, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian. Carving materials include wood, whale bone, walrus tusk, mammoth tusk, and stone. Carving traditions go back thousands of years, and maintain a strong influence among modern sculptors. However, many contemporary artists bring their unique personal vision to their medium and create work that breaks boundaries.
- Carvings, Premium, SculptureWhale Bone Drummer This is an exquisite sculpture that uses the texture of whale bone to the fullest. The contrast between the smooth whitish, shiny parts and the darker, more colorful porous parts is very interesting. The pose is very dynamic, creating and releasing energy to spare. Because of marine mammal protection laws, this sculpture can only be shipped to a United States address. 14 in. high x 5 in. wide x 5 in. deep; all measures include the base.$1,200.00
- Carvings, Premium, SculptureSam Dimmick Wildlife Sculpture A powerful sculpture depicting a bowhead whale and an eagle, two icons of Alaskan wildlife. The whale is carved in the round, while the eagle is carved in relief into the surface of a large whale bone. The details in the animals are exquisite. The wooden base is inlaid with small disks of walrus tusk, and includes the organic shapes of a burl in one corner - call 207 967-2122 for additional photos. Because of marine mammal protection laws, this sculpture can only be shipped to a United States address. 25 1/2 in. high x 13 1/2 in. wide x 6 in. deep; all measures include the base.$1,800.00
- Masks, Premium, SculptureJacob Simenoff Aleut Bentwood Hat This bentwood mask is painted red ochre color and black with traditional images of hunters and seals. It is adorned with what we believe to be walrus or sea lion whiskers. The hat presents a bird profile, and thus has painted birds eyes as well. Braided sinew strap, walrus tusk carvings of a bird and other shapes, and hematite plus other beads complete this package. Bentwood hats were used traditionally by Aleut, or Unangax people on their ocean hunting baidarka voyages. The hat would shade the hunter's eyes from the sun, and also hide the eyes from their sea mammal prey. There are few contemporary native makers of bentwood hats; the signature on this hat appears as Jacob Simenoff, 1997. See a video about bentwood hats here. Hat is 16 in. long x 8 in. wide x 9 in. to the top of the whiskers. Because of marine mammal content, this item can only be shipped to a U.S. address. [video width="640" height="480" mp4="https://homeandaway.gallery/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Jacob-Simenoff-Bentwood-Aleut-Hat-AM00012-7.mp4"][/video]$1,500.00
- Premium, SculptureRead about the artist... Susie Silook: Qavaanguq Susie Silook, one of the most original artists to come out of Alaska, created a major piece based on a dream she had: "I dreamt I was in the bow of a boat with an unidentified man at the helm, and the land in front of us felt like home. We saw movement to the left, front, and I got worried that a whale would overturn the boat. The whale breached, backwards, from our left, and somersaulted over us, entering the water on our left. My heart was pounding like mad! The man said I had to kill it, and I was vehemently refusing, but he said :"if it offers itself to you, you have to take it. You have to make the sacrifice So in the end the bowhead is draped over the boat like a big fish This depiction of the dream includes the whale in two positions simultaneously: morphing from the human head and emerging from the human feet. It includes a second human emerging from the torso and spirit figures painted across the body. Carved from whalebone and mammoth ivory; blue and sienna pigments; wood and brass base. 41 3/4" across; 37 3/8" high, including base$14,000.00
- Premium, SculptureRead about the artist... Susie Silook: Healing Wings. A very moving theme carved in ivory and wood by famed Alaskan artist Susie Silook. "Spirits can use an animal's body to signal to humans. This is a raven with such a spirit indwelling. She is holding a wing. When I was a small child I was traumatized by certain relatives. My sister's grandmother took a wing and brushed me off until I calmed down. She removed all the negativity. That's what this piece is about." Susie Silook The spirit holds a raven wing in its claws, ready to assist a human in distress. Notice details such as faces carved into the breasts. The wooden wings are based on traditional drawings of raven wings. Ivory, india ink, turquoise, sepele, bloodwood, brass, seal whisker. Tusk is 22" x 1 7/8"; 20" x 20" on stand$9,000.00
- Premium, SculptureRead about the artist. Susie Silook, renowned Alaskan artist, created a powerful sculpture from old ivory. Flowers emerge from her left hand and her breasts. Beautiful face, slightly sad; texture in the hair, delicately drilled spinal column. Entwined around her legs is a vine, textured with flowers, that morphs from her right hand. Flower-shaped whalebone base. Ivory is 17" x 1 3/4" w x 1 14" d 19" h including base$5,500.00
- Carvings, Premium, SculptureRoy Weyiounna Two Sided Whalebone Dancer An exquisite whalebone sculpture with a dancer facing front and another facing back. Old ivory inlay faces and animal sleeves. Dimensions to be added later. Please note that products containing ivory or other marine mammal components cannot be shipped to New York, New Jersey, or California. As of this writing, it is still legal to ship these products to all other states. Click here to see a brochure published by the U.S. Department of the Interior with more details on this topic. If you are interested in having this product shipped outside the United States, please call 207 967-2122 to discuss permit requirements.$750.00
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Susie Silook Ivory MadonnaFrom the late 1990s, this is a beautiful carving of a Madonna figure by well-respected artist Susie Silook. Carved from a female walrus tusk that is smaller than most of Silook's sculptures, the sculpture is captivating. Tusk is 9 1/2 in. high x 1 5/8 in. wide by 3/4 in. deep. Sculpture including base is 10 1/2 in. high x 5 in. wide x 3 3/4 in. deep Please note that products containing any ivory or other marine mammal components cannot be shipped to New York or California. As of this writing, it is still legal to ship these products to all other states. Click here to see a brochure published by the U.S. Department of the Interior with more details on this topic.
- Premium, SculptureSam Dimmick Orcas Carved from dense, dark green chlorite, these three orcas are inlaid with alabaster to form the markings of these beautiful marine mammals. Two adults and a calf, the animals are arrayed in a dynamic formation atop a green stone base. This is a very uncommon theme: we have only carried one orca sculpture in our gallery before. It is wonderful to see these carved orcas! Note: under most lighting conditions the chlorite appears black, as are the whales. 12 inches long x 6 inches high x 10 inches deep Metal pegs keep the orcas in place, making the sculpture easy to disassemble for shipping and reassemble on arrival.$950.00
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Susie Silook doll: an exquisite figure carved from a walrus tusk by one of Alaska's top artists. This design is inspired by ancient Bering Strait dolls. Constrained by the shape and size of walrus tusks, many of these dolls were made without arms.
Rather than incising or inscribing surface designs, as was done on the ancient dolls, Silook has carved some of them in relief. The exquisite face is marked by ancient curvilinear designs. The body has a star design and subtle parka details. Note the curvilinear cutout in the whalebone base, which works effectively with the straightness of the tuisk and the geometric patterns on the body.Ivory is 14" x 1 3/4" x 1" Including base, sculpture is 20 1/4" high