Baleen Basket by Sheldon Bogenrife (Inupiaq), Wainwright, Alaska. Circa early 2000's.
This piece illustrates the limits of the internet. To hold this in you hands is to realize perfection of shape and texture. It is a masterpiece of simplicity and balance, and that perfectly carved "surfacing walrus" finial caps the whole basket off both metaphorically and literally.
4 1/8" diameter; 4" tall (with finial)
Baleen and Walrus Tusk Ivory
Signed on the inside of the lid "Kautaq #254 Wainwright AK" - this is not visible in the photos.