Creation Date1931 – 1955
1.905 cm. H x 3.810 cm. W x 5.715 cm. L Item (Overall)
Description"Carved Ivory Whale on Ivory Slab. A tan, carved whale from fossilized ivory on a two and one-fourth inch white ivory slab. This carving was originally designed to be a paperweight."
Ivory Carving has a long history in the Artic and Subarctic. All the utensils, tools, and weapons were made by hand from ivory and other natural materials such as horn, bone, and animal hides. These same materials were used to make decorative objects. Traditionally, these decorative objects were also miniatures so that they could be transported easily by these nomadic people.
The color of the ivory changes with age. Fossilized ivory may be several thousands of years old. Its color can range from golden to brown or even black. These rare color ivories are more precious to Eskimo carvers than new white ivory.
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