Animated carvings of this kind were made in many Inuit areas in the nineteenth century, for trade as well as indigenous use. This accomplished example has flat feet, which allow it to stand upright.
Steven Hooper, 1997
Entry taken from Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, Vol. 2: Pacific, African and Native North American Art, edited by Steven Hooper (Yale University Press, 1997) p. 255.
Purchased by Robert and Lisa Sainsbury from K. J. Hewett in 1971.
Donated to the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia in 1973 as part of the original gift.
Title/Description: Striding figure
Born: 1800 - 1899
Object Type: Figure
Materials: Walrus ivory
Measurements: h. 44 x w. 15 x d. 15 mm
Accession Number: 115
Historic Period: 19th century
Credit Line: Donated by Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, 1973