New York, Park Avenue
5 December 1996
A THULE WALRUS IVORY MALE FIGURE
CIRCA 1200 to 1500 A.D.
Standing with legs joined, slightly flaring hips, broad shoulders, round head, with pierced eyes, nostrils and mouth, incised with a "scale" motif on the chest
3¼in. (8.2cm.) high
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Wardwell, 1992, p. 39, pl. 28
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