Fossil Walrus Ivory Tusk - 12


Beautiful Fossil Walrus ivory tusk. 17 3/4" long x 1" - 1 1/4" width x 3/4" - 1 3/8" thickness. Hollow is approx. 2 1/4" deep. The exterior coloration on this tusk is spectacular. It has been Beach Tumbled and has a smooth exterior  ( tusk has been lacquered also ). 

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Represented here is verified pre-1972 white walrus ivory, dug up brown "fossil" ivory and Alaska native scrimshawed or carved ivory all of which is exempt from the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act regulations.   The excavated ivory we have is from the ancient Yupik Eskimo village Kukuluk (coo coo' look) and traditional hunting camp sites (dating up to 10,000 years old) on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. From the west coast of the island the snow covered mountains of Siberia can be seen looming in the distance only 60 miles away.  Eskimo people known as Siberian Yupik have for over 5,000 years used ivory for their tools and utensils, it was easier to work than stone and wood is rare that far to the north.  Years of burial have given these intriguing ivory and bone pieces a deep rich color. These pieces were hidden from the world for centuries, when they were discarded in the village middens (dumps) along with tusks and bones of walrus, whales and seals. Only now are these ancient ivory and bone pieces being unearthed, excavated by the direct descendants of the older times Yupiks that worked it, leaving this treasure that became buried as a blessing for their great great grandchildren.

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