Walrus Mask with Scrimshawed Whales, Seals, Walrus and Bears

Description

ESKIMO SCRIMSHAWED WALRUS MASK was taken in the late 1900's, it is 26" from top to tips   Each tusk is scrimshawed with whales, a seal, walrus and bears, also coming down the front of each tusk are scrimshaws of 3 tools unique to whaling, a blubber spade, a flensing knife and a harpoon. The tusks are removable, are 23" long and held in place by screws, all 8 teeth are in the palate, this is a cool old artifact.  The final image is a scanned photo is of a native Alaskan man  holding the mask taken years ago when it was purchased in a village, he is probably the hunter and artist.  The photo comes with it.

 

All the walrus masks we sell are from the 1900’s and are being reintroduced into the market, they are decades old, always purchased in the lower 48 from previous owners. We do not buy any of these in Alaska where walrus are still being hunted for food. Some of ours are pre 1972 and others have native Alaskan scrimshaw, both are legal to buy and sell. No one is hunting walrus to supply us with these; they are all “recycled”.

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