Carving

1966.1.11

Category
Creation Date
1931 – 1955
Materials

Dimensions

2.540 cm. W x 6.350 cm. L Item (Overall)

Description
"Carved Ivory Walrus. A two and one-half inch, white ivory walrus with long slender tusks. The face is etched in black to indicate the folds on a walrus' face. The figure is sitting on its haunches." According to Ronald Senungetuk this is done in generic Seward Peninsula style. 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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