Object photography

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Object description

  • Inuit artist
  • Earrings, before 1884
  • Ivory, pigment
  • Yukon Delta, Alaska, Arctic, United States
  • L: 1/2 in, W: 1/2 in, D: 3/4 in (L: 1.3 cm, W: 1.3 cm, D: 1.9 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E3511


These are two pairs of ivory earrings. The faces of the earrings consist of incised concentric circles etched with black paint. One pair of the earrings has protrusions along the edge, shaped nodes that stick out from the circle. The back side of the earrings consist of an ivory hook attached at the bottom of the face and small ivory loop on top.

Exhibition History

  • Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997