Engraved Cylinder, ca. 300 BCE

  • Okvik, Native American

Walrus ivory stained black by mineral (graphite) seepage

  • Overall: 3 5/8 × 3/4 × 1/2 inches (9.2 × 1.9 × 1.3 cm)

Gift of Ron Nasser


1983, excavated by Eskimos at Kukulik site (Saint Lawrence Island, Alaska, USA)

1983, purchased by (Ron Nasser, HRN Primitives, New York, New York, USA)

1983-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Okvik, Native American, Engraved Cylinder, ca. 300 BCE, walrus ivory stained black by mineral (graphite) seepage. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Ron Nasser, 1983.47.