Walrus Tusk Section 24
WALRUS TUSK SECTION This is a beautiful solid piece 2 1/2" tall x 2" x 3" wide on the oval ends. Ivory colored with hints of orange in one area, perfect to slab or cross cut for hooks, jewelry and carvings. The center part is called secondary dentine and is like ivory burl, unique to walrus it is not porous. Very much pre 1972, was buried but did not absorb much color so still natural ivory color, no cracks. FREE SHIPPING U.S. Sales only.
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.