In 1986 a small ivory carving of a human face was discovered at the Icebreaker Beach Site on Northeastern Devon Island, N.W.T. in association with artefacts of an Early Pre-Dorset affiliation (circa 3900-3600 B.P.). The face portrayed is that of an elaborately tattooed elderly Asiatic woman. The maskette differs from Dorset depictions of the human face both stylistically and in the lack of overt symbolic content. Conceptual similarities, however, indicate that the Icebreaker Beach maskette is an early manifestation of an evolving Paleoeskimo artistic tradition that ultimately originated in the Bering Strait region or beyond.