Carving

1966.1.7

Carving
Category
Creation Date
1931 – 1955
Materials

Dimensions

3.175 cm. H x 1.270 cm. W x 3.810 cm. L Item (Overall)

Description
"Carved Ivory Owl. A one and one-half inch, white ivory owl with black eyes and nose. The feathers on the wing are etched in straight black lines, while the feathers on the back and head are etched in scalloped black lines." 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.

Related People and Organizations
Helbing, Cleora

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