• Format/Object name:

    Polar bear figure

  • Date created:


  • Artists/Makers:

    John S. Penatac, Sr. (John Suluk Penetac), Bering Strait Inupiaq [King Island], b. 1940

  • Place:

    King Island; Bering Straits Native Corporation; Alaska; USA

  • Media/Materials:

    Walrus Ivory, paint

  • Techniques:

    Carved, polished, painted

  • Collection History/Provenance:

    Purchased from Alaska Native Arts and Crafts (Juneau, Alaska) by Indian Arts and Crafts Board representatives in 1981; part of the IACB Headquarters collection (Department of the Interior, Washington, DC) until 2000 when it was transferred to NMAI.

  • Dimensions:

    6.7 x 2.6 x 3.4 cm

  • Catalog number:


Click on the image or the magnifying glass to see a larger view; click again to close the pop-up window.  Scroll through Other Images and Media to see other views of this item; click on any image to make it appear in the larger window.  Catalog card scans are provided to illustrate the information that originally accompanied the objects. Please recognize that unacceptable or offensive terminology represents historic data and not NMAI's current usage.