Excavated Oosik Artifact with Scrimshawed Pictographs 07
Excavated Oosik ( Walrus Penile Bone) artifact piece with scrimshawed pictographs ( one on one side). The piece itself is centuries old and the scrimshaw was done in this century. Awesome patina finish, fabulous piece of native culture. Ships FREE in U.S. For U.S. sales only!
This fascinating Eskimo art predating the influences of the Yankee whalers arrival in the Arctic in the mid 1800's. Rich depictions of hunting, fishing, shamanistic ceremonies and village scenes. Although primitive in form this fascinating early stick figure artwork is extremely powerful and has a universal appeal. This pictograph artwork has been hand engraved in the old style on a genuine 500-3000 year old walrus ivory Eskimo Artifact excavated on St Lawrence Island. It was unearthed by a descendant of the primitive Eskimos that made it.
Excavated on St. Lawrence Island by Eskimo people known as Siberian Yupik. For over 5,000 years the Yupiks had villages along the Bering Sea and fashioned sled runners, net weights, chopping tools and other utensils out of readily available ivory. That ivory became hidden from the world for centuries, when it was discarded in the village middens (dumps) along with tusks and bones of walrus, whales and seals. Only now is that ancient ivory being unearthed, excavated by the descendants of the primitive Yupiks that worked it.