Narwhal Carving Walrus Ivory
Our longtime friend Siberian Yupik Joseph Akeya hand carved this handsome narwhal from a piece of walrus tusk ivory and carved the narwhals tusk from a piece of walrus ivory that was excavated after centuries of burial on St. Lawrence Island. This fine 7" long carving has inlaid baleen eyes and is the nicest carved ivory narwhal to be found for sale, they are as rare as narwhal tusks. A narwhals tusk does not grow out of the center of the forehead like a horn, it is a tooth that grows out thru the lip above the mouth and slightly off center. The snow in Joes village was nearly up to the roof this winter...good time to carve. Easily worth $750, priced at only-$495 on sale $395!
For over 5,000 years Eskimos in the coastal villages along the Bering Sea 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 Eskimos that worked it. Minerals absorbed from the surrounding soil have given the buried ivory beautiful natural tones of cream, brown, blue, red, green and black.
Because this exquisite walrus ivory is thousand of years old, no animals were killed to collect it. Your purchase of this rare ivory helps support todays Alaskan Yupik Eskimos who earn a portion of their livelihood by digging for this precious organic gem material during the short summer thaw.