Scrimshawed Fossil Walrus Artifact  Carving (H)

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We don't know the history on this piece it has pictographs on it and a carving of a face. Looks like an old piece and has been in our museum for at least 30 years.  Excavated on St Lawrence Island in the mid 1900's,  it has been polished, the underside show the signs of being old and buried. The carving and scrimshaw are Vintage on a fossil walrus artifact. The carving is a beautiful Eskimo Face with scrimshaw pictographs. A one of a kind piece.

Excavated 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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