02 avril 2018

A carved wood Inupiaq mask, Ancient Eskimo, Alaska, 15th century

Lot 3019. A carved wood Inupiaq mask, Ancient Eskimo, Alaska, 15th century; 16.3 cm, 6 3/8  in. Estimate 350,000 — 550,000 HKD. Lot sold 375,000 HKD. © Sotheby's 2018 finely carved with a subtle curvature echoing the brow ridge and cheek bones, framing two almond-shaped apertures for the eyes, the mask centred with a slightly raised elongated triangular section pierced with two apertures, traces of pigments along the edges, metal stand. Provenance: Joseph G.... [Lire la suite]
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29 mars 2018

A carved fossilised walrus tooth of a human figure, Okvik, Old Bering Sea I, Alaska, 200 B.C. – 100 A.D.

Lot 3078. A carved fossilised walrus tooth of a human figure, Okvik, Old Bering Sea I, Alaska, 200 B.C. – 100 A.D.; 13.5 cm, 5 1/4  in. Estimate 900,000 — 1,200,000 HKD (115,110 - 153,480 USD). Lot Sold 1,125,000 HKD. © Sotheby's 2018 with an elongated face tapering to a pointed chin, the slender facial structure centred with a long thin nose flanked by subtly rendered cheekbones, all resting on a gently flaring T-shaped body incised with geometric lines. ... [Lire la suite]
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25 janvier 2018

Deletaille Gallery at BRAFA, 27 Jan - 4 Feb 2018, Stand 40b

Portrait mask of an Olmec ruler, Olmec, found in Honduras, Central America, Middle Pre-classic period, circa 900-400 BC. Oxidised dark green serpentine with light green-beige surface. H 19 x W 15.5 cm. © Deletaille Gallery Olmec masks are important works of art from Mexico that have been found throughout Central America. For the most part they are made from jadeite or serpentine. Totally different from the large ceremonial centre sculptures, these refined smaller ritual objects in precious materials... [Lire la suite]
29 décembre 2013

Exceptional Carved Fossil Woolly Mammoth Tusk, Mammuthus primigenius, Pleistocene, Alaska

Exceptional Carved Fossil Woolly Mammoth Tusk, Mammuthus primigenius, Pleistocene, Alaska. Photo courtesy Bonhams. Length along curve 6 feet 9 inches. Circumference 16 inches. Sold for US$ 59,375 (€42,981) The much-coveted, rarely seen blue-green coloration exhibited in this woolly mammoth tusk was produced by its burial in the permafrost in which it lay entombed since the last Ice Age. Also boasting a graceful double curve, the finely polished specimen displays rich brown, tan and deep blue-green hues plentifully interspersed... [Lire la suite]
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02 juin 2013

Gold Nugget, Alaska

Gold Nugget, Alaska.Photo Heritage Auctions As anyone who has watched popular television over the past year can attest, there is Gold in Alaska. They can also state with some degree of confidence that most of it is in the form of fine grains. Big nuggets over an ounce are few and far between, which makes this one a whopper. Like many nuggets, there are rusty traces of the original host rock still present in crevices and recesses of this massive chunk. It fits the hand very comfortably: something the buyer may not... [Lire la suite]
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