Creation Date1931 – 1955
1.905 cm. Diameter
Description"Hand Carved Ivory Buttons (Six). Six buttons, shading from light to dark tan, hand carved from fossilized ivory. The shank of the button is carved in one piece with the button. Each of the buttons is three-fourths inch in diameter. In the early days, the Eskimos made all of their fastenings."
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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