Creation Date1931 – 1955
48.260 cm. Circumference
Description"Carved Ivory Necklace. This white ivory necklace utilizes two geometric shapes for its design: small carved ivory balls are attached to the clasp at the back of the neck and come about one-quarter of the way around the neck on each side, forming a carved chain. Attached to these are individually carved chain. Attached to these are individually carved squares of ivory, each one in black figures. These figures taken together, tell the story of the Eskimos spearing fish. The necklace 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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