Arctic Bay - Whalebone eskimo

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Native American Art
Description from user:

My father purchased a sculpture of an eskimo toting a bag of some kind. It's made of whaleone (ivory). He paid $630 for it in 1976, purchased from Hokin Gallery in Palm Beach, FL

Answered within about 15 hours
By Gregory
Oct 20, 15:11 UTC
Fair Market Value
$250 - $500 USD
Suggested Asking Price $400 USD
What does this mean?

Dear Peter,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.

The presented object appears to be a figurine of a man with a traditional Inuit coat made from bone with measurements 15" high, 8" wide, and 6" deep. The surface of the bone is eroded which indicates that this piece was probably found outside. It was probably made in the 20th century. The material is clearly bone and not ivory which is a dense material. Sadly no additional information for an artist fitting in style and motif is given by reference books and databases.

Comparable objects were recently offered and sold on the international auction market.
This piece is in good condition and no severe damage is visible in the images provided.
A fair market estimation would be between 250 to 500 USD.
This estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparable items. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and may vary.

With kind regards,

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