Creation Date1939 – 1955
1.270 cm. W x 7.620 cm. L Item (Overall)
Description"Ivory Book Mark. This dark tan, 3 inch book mark is carved out of fossilized ivory. This ivory is more precious to Eskimo carvers than is white ivory because it is relatively rare, having been buried in the earth hundreds or even thousands of years ago and having become petrified over that time. This book mark, with its short, overlapping piece to secure the page, is etched with a design of a walrus head on the overlap. It originally came from the Little Diomede Island."
Ivory Carving has a long history in the Artic and Subarctic. All the utensils, tools, and weapons were made by hand from ivory and other natural materials such as horn, bone, and animal hides. These same materials were used to make decorative objects. Traditionally, these decorative objects were also miniatures so that they could be transported easily by these nomadic people.
The color of the ivory changes with age. Fossilized ivory may be several thousands of years old. Its color can range from golden to brown or even black. These rare color ivories are more precious to Eskimo carvers than new white ivory.
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Geographic NamesMinnewaska Area High School, Pope, Minnesota, United States, NA [45.65556,-95.42667] [id:5037800]