Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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polar bear figure
  • unknown Native Alaskan maker
  • polar bear figure, late 1800s–1947
  • Where object was made: Little Diomede Island, District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States
  • ivory, india ink, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 6.3 x 2 x 2.3 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 2 1/2 x 3/4 x 7/8 in
  • Gift of Donald E. Sheriff
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4997

The miniature polar bear is standing on his rear legs. His mouth is open, revealing teeth and a red tongue. His eyes, nose, whiskers and toes are black.