Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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polar bear figure
  • Native Alaskan peoples
  • 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/Length: 2.4 x 1.1 x 4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 15/16 x 3/8 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Donald E. Sheriff
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0591
Label Text

The small figure of a polar bear stands on all four legs with his mouth open. His tongue is colored red, and his eyes, nostrils, and lips are black.