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    Sale 1963

    Maritime Art Including Fine Paintings, Nautical Antiques, Scrimshaw And Ship Models

    30 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 71

    A native North American ceremonial bear club**


    Price Realised  

    A native North American ceremonial bear club**
    Probably Inuit, late 19th or early 20th centuries
    carved from three pieces of bone and ivory, the head in the form of a bear's head, mouth open and residual polychroming to the mouth, lips, eyes and nose. Joined to the shaft at the neck and tail with baleen collars. Displayed on a teak stand with brass support arms.
    20 in. (50.8 cm.) length.

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