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    Gifts from the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories of Bering Strait (Princeton University Art Museum) (Hardback) Edited by William W. Fitzhugh, Edited by Aron L. Crowell, Edited by Julie Hollowell

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    DescriptionThe appearance during the first millennium A.D. of small, exquisitely carved artefacts of walrus ivory in the Bering Strait region marks the beginning of an extraordinary florescence in the art and culture of North America. The discovery in the 1930s and 1940s of world-class carvings of animals, mythical beasts, shape-shifting creatures, masks, and human figurines astounded scholars and excited collectors. Nevertheless, the extraordinary objects that belong to this fascinating, sometimes frightening, world of hunting-related art remain largely unknown. "Gifts from the Ancestors" examines ancient ivories from the coast of Bering Strait, western Alaska, and the islands in between - illuminating their sophisticated formal aesthetic, cultural complexity, and individual histories. Many of the pieces discussed are from recent Russian excavations and are presented here for the first time in English; others are from private collections not usually open to the public. The essays, written by an international group of scholars, adopt a refreshing interdisciplinary approach that gives voice to the various competing, and now sometimes cooperating, stakeholders, including Native groups, museums, archaeologists, art historians, art dealers, and private collectors.


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    Title
    Gifts from the Ancestors
    Subtitle
    Ancient Ivories of Bering Strait
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by William W. Fitzhugh, Edited by Aron L. Crowell, Edited by Julie Hollowell
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 201 mm
    Height: 267 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 1,474 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300122060
    ISBN 10: 0300122063
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: ART006000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25810
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 430
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET150
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/NATAMR
    LC classification: E
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBBWK
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 50
    Abridged Dewey: 909
    BISAC V2.8: HIS028000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: ART041000
    BIC subject category V2: AFKC, ACBK
    DC22: 736.62091645, 736.6209798
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBBWK
    Thema V1.0: AGA, AFKC
    Illustrations note
    51 black-&-white illustrations + 452 colour images
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    17 November 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    William W. Fitzhugh is Curator of North American Archaeology and Director, Arctic Studies Center, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution. Aron L. Crowell is Alaska Director, Arctic Studies Center, Anchorage. Julie Hollowell is Nancy Schaenen Visiting Scholar, Prindle Institute for Ethics, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, De Pauw University.