Fossil Walrus Tusk Tip-01 - Sold 8.9.23
FOSSIL WALRUS TUSK TIP (the most interesting, desirable and collectible part) A large beautiful piece with great surface color from centuries of burial. This handsome piece is in perfect condition with no cracks, it is 9" tall, the bottom is oval shaped and 1 1 /2" x 2 1/4" wide. Spectacular for display the bottom is polished glassy smooth revealing the primary dentine and the uniique secondary dentine, the burl like center, the outside has a shiny mat finish. This handsome piece could easily be sanded and polished glassy smooth to look like... polished ivory, inquire if interested. This would be great for a sword or several knife handles, fish hooks, palaoa or use for jewelry or carvings.. Pre 1972, well cured, out of the ground for over 10 years. Ships FREE, 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.