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Details & Cataloguing

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Eskimo Curlew
American School, late 19th/early 20th century
polychromed wood with iron eyes
Height 10 in. by Length 7 7/8 in.
circa 1900
Probably Massachusetts
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Literature

Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) cat. no. 45, illus. in color.

Catalogue Note

The once common Eskimo curlew (Numenius borealis), so-named because it bred in the far northern reaches of the Alaskan and Canadian tundra, was decimated by hunters over the course of the nineteenth century. The species was in precipitous decline by the end of the nineteenth century, and, sadly, birders and ornithologists have long considered it to be on the brink of extinction, if not irrefutably gone forever.

The History of Now: The Important American Folk Art Collection of David Teiger | Sold to Benefit Teiger Foundation for the Support of Contemporary Art

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New York