It is signed on the base, inscribed into the stone, "LEVI TETPON". He carves people, such as hunters and drummers, and transformation pieces. His pieces can range in size from 2 inches to almost 15 inches. He learned to carve from his father, Eric Tetpon, Sr. Who is famous for his double hoop walrus ivory and baleen food chain masks.His brother Eric carves soapstone people and brother John carves wooden masks. A full-time carver who lives in the city, Levi carves year-round, unlike carvers who live in the villages and do most of their carving in the winter. He gets his ivory from the meat and hides to the whiskers and intestines. Levi uses baleen from the bowhead whale as inlaid accents and fossilized ivory for faces for its contrast with the fresh ivory. Levi's shamans and transformation pieces are particularly interesting. The Yup'ik mythology tells that when hunting, a person is transformed into and shares the spirit of an animal. This transformation represents the relationship between the hunter and the animal. These carvings are representative of shamans who can transform themselves into animals to travel to the spirit/animal world and communicate with the spirits of souls of the animals on behalf of the hunters and people, asking their permission to be hunted and caught for food. Measurements: 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 2 inches. All items for sale are vintage or antique and it may show evidence of wear. Please see condition report and photos.
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