This miniature sculpture is a figure worn as a pendant suspended through the hole between the legs (see Taylor et al., 1971: figs. 39, 59-60 for further examples). This figure is rounded, with massive legs and a double chignon at the back of the head. It resembles a figure from Southampton Island, at present in the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford.
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. 258.
Formerly in the possession of Captain K. A. Webster.
Purchased by the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia from K. J. Hewett in 1977 out of funds provided by Robert and Lisa Sainsbury.
Title/Description: Figurine pendant
Object Type: Pendant
Materials: Walrus ivory
Measurements: h. 41 x w. 19 x d. 15 mm
Accession Number: 663
Historic Period: 19th century or earlier
Credit Line: Purchased with support from Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, 1977