Creation Date1931 – 1955
1.270 cm. H x 1.270 cm. W x 2.540 cm. L Item (Overall)
Description"Carved Ivory Baby Seal. A three-fourths inch, white ivory seal with black markings. (See 66.1.13 for twin baby seal; 66.1.15 for mother seal)"
The black markings are on the tail, eyes, flippers, and mouth.
According to Ronald Senungetuk this was a souvenir carved by a beginner.
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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