TitleIvory Salt and Pepper Shakers
Creation Date1931 – 1955
4.445 cm. H x 3.175 cm. W Item (Overall)
Description"Carved Ivory Salt and Pepper Shakers (Pair). Two 2 1/2 inch white ivory bears to be used as salt and pepper shakers. The bears are sitting on their hind legs, their forepaws crossed in front of their chests. Their mouths are open and painted red, and it is from here that the salt and pepper is dispensed. On the bottom of each bear is an especially carved screw with a ridge in the center that resembles modern manufactured screws. Once unscrewed, the shakers are easily filled with salt and pepper. This set comes from King 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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