Fossil Walrus Ivory Eskimo Artifact (08) Sled Runner Section
Fossil Walrus Ivory Eskimo Artifact (Sled Runner Section), approximately 2" to 2-1/4" wide" x 1/2" to 5/8" thick and over 12" long. The piece shows all three layers typical of walrus ivory (cementum, primary dentine and secondary dentine/core). The colors ranging from mahogany to light tan are caused by mineral absorption. This gorgeous artifact piece of ancient ivory is unique, very beautiful and becoming increasingly scarce. Perfect for knife handles, pens, jewelry, inlays, carvings or display.
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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.
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