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Attributed to an Inuit Alaskan Carver, Two Billikens: an Inuit Couple and a Seal, carved walrus ivory, early 20th century

Attributed to an Inuit Alaskan Carver, Two Billikens: an Inuit Couple and a Seal, carved walrus ivory, early 20th century

Product Description:

The details emphasized with black paint, the man and woman carved in the shape of a whale's tooth, unsigned

Dimensions:

Each Height 3 3/4 in. x 3 7/8 in. x 3 1/2 in. (approx.).

Condition:

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About The Artist:

A billiken is a good luck charm. The word "billiken" does not have a proper English translation. The billiken is something the "Eskimos always made", and is an important part of the Eskimo economy. Whale ivory billikens were first made in 1909. Original billikens were made in a variety of forms: dolls, hatpins and more. The very first billikens were made by the famous ivory carver of Nome's early days, Happy Jack or Angokwazhuk.

 

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